A collection of histories and first hand narratives
There are few more famous or evocative characters in the history of the American south-west frontier period than the Comanche war chief, Quanah P..
Thomas Teakle & R. A. Smith
Two Accounts of the Santee Sioux Attack on the Iowa Settlements in 1857—The Spirit Lake Massacre by Thomas Teakle & A History of Dickinson County, Iowa (Extract) by R. A. Smith
Scarlet Point’s raid in Iowa
In March 1857, after a particularly severe winter, a band of fourteen starving, renegade Wahpekute Santee Sioux led by Scarlet Point (Inkpaduta) descended on the settle..
The Massacre & Captivity of Settlers in Virginia by Indians, 1786
A tragedy of Virginian colonial frontier
In the summer of 1786 a large war party of Shawnee Indians entered Abb’s Valley, Virginia, and descended on the household of militia officer Captain John Mo..
James E. Seaver
The Ordeals and Life of a Young Settler Girl Captured by Indians During the French and Indian War
‘Little woman of great courage’-the life of Mary Jemison
Mary Jemison’s is a remarkable story. Born in 1743, she was captured by Indians whilst in her teenage years. Her family had emigrated from I..
The Raid of the Santee Sioux Against the Iowa Frontier Settlements, 1857
The last Indian raid in Iowa
The winter of 1856-7 was a particularly severe one in Iowa, with prolonged heavy snowfall across the region. In March 1857 a chronic shortage of game and other food per..
Royal B. Stratton
The Capture & Captivity of Two Young American Women in the 1850s by the Apache Indians
The incredible story of the girl with the face tattoo
The story of the Oatman girls, Olive and Mary Ann, is one of the most famous accounts of the abduction of white women by indigenous Indians in ..
John Franklin Meginness
The Story of a Quaker Girl's Abduction and Life Among the Miami Indians
Life among the Indians
Young Frances Slocum was one of a family of peaceful Quakers from the Wyoming Valley, but latterly living in Lenape, Pennsylvania when, in 1778, aged just five years old, she..
William W. Fowler
The Exploits of Dozens of Pioneer Women of the United States
The exceptional women who helped build a nation
There can be little doubt in the minds of anyone who has an interest in the history of the pioneers of the emergent American nation of the huge, sign..
Cynthia Ann Parker and Others
The Narratives of Seven Women Taken Prisoner by the Plains Indians of the American West
Cynthia Ann Parker the Story of Her Capture
Mrs. J. E. De Camp Sweet’s Narrative of Her Captivity in the Sioux Outbreak of 1862
Taken by the Indians of the West
As the inexorable passage of pioneer immigrants pushed westward into the vastness of the American wilderness it was inevitable that the new settlers would collide w..
Alexander Scott Withers
The Colonial & Indian Wars of the Early American Frontier 1742-1795
Conflict on the early American Frontier
This is the fascinating and bloody story of the American frontier of the eighteenth century—where white man clashed with red man in the Eastern Woodlands and..
The Ordeal of a Pioneer Woman Crossing the Western Plains in 1864
An amazing account of the survival of an American lady among hostile Indians
This is a remarkable story of one woman's ordeal and a testament of extraordinary feminine endurance. Mrs Kelly was one ..