Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

August 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:2 (August 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Jerome Greene, a well known historian of the Indian War period, has written another important contribution to our understanding of the Indian Wars. This book, as the title suggests, describes the history of the Sioux War from the military perspective. Drawing from primary sources Greene uses historical descriptions generated by individuals who either participated in the actual conflict or were present during a battle or skirmish. This approach gives the book an original and fresh look at the events of the Indian-White conflict.

The book contains fifteen chapters dealing with individual battles or skirmishes. The preface and introduction provide a compressed history of the events that led to and ended the Sioux war. For each chapter, a transitional narrative is provided by the author to ensure that the reader understands the context of the narrative. The historical descriptions have not been edited and changes are limited to ensure clarity or to add accuracy, but all changes are clearly bracketed.