9780806136882

Jesse Chisholm: Ambassador Of The Plains

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  • ISBN13:

    9780806136882

  • ISBN10:

    080613688X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-02-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
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Summary

The Chisholm Trail, traveled by Texas longhorn cattle moving northward across present-day Oklahoma to Kansas, was named for mixed-blood Cherokee Jesse Chisholm (1805-1868). Though Chisholm's prominence in western lore rests largely on this connection, he was active on the frontier long before the naming of the trail. Because he left no diaries, letters, or personal documents, however, his life has been shrouded in mystery. Drawing from many sources, including early state and federal documents, newspaper accounts, and trade and military records, Stan Hoig offers the clearest picture to date of the many important roles Chisholm played: trailblazer, friend of Indian chiefs, linguist of Indian languages, scout, and--perhaps most important--liaison between Indian tribes, the U.S. government, and the Republic of Texas. With his formidable intellect and talent for diplomacy, Chisholm blazed a trail in the history of the American Southwest more fascinating even than the one that bears his name.

Author Biography

Stan Hoig is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Table of Contents

Preface x
Prologue xi
1. The Chisholms and the Cherokees
3(14)
2. Frontier Fever
17(10)
3. Beyond the Cross Timbers
27(14)
4. The Canadian River Advance
41(11)
5. Serving Sam Houston
52(14)
6. In Search of Sequoyah
66(8)
7. Council at Comanche Peak
74(10)
8. A Visit to Washington
84(7)
9. Comanche Captives
91(9)
10. On the Gold Rush Trail 100(8)
11. Diminishing Frontier 108(10)
12. War on the Comancheria 118(13)
13. Between Loyalties 131(14)
14. In the Cause of Peace 145(14)
15. Trail to Immortality 159(14)
Notes 173(26)
Bibliography 199(16)
Index 215

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