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Terror and starvation afflicted some of them to the point of cannibalism. Only 10 of the original 44 members were eventually rescued by an Army detachment more than a month after the attack. Left by the Indians is an eyewitness account of the Utter-Van Ornum wagon train massacre on the Oregon Trail.
This audiobook includes an introduction by Ethan E. Harris.
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By Brian on 05-07-18
A Crazy History Story I’ve Never Heard
3.5 out of 5 stars
I wanted to rate this book higher – but it was just a little too choppy for me. I understand that it’s just a firsthand telling of a massacre – it just felt like there wasn’t a lot of detail given. There were lines like (paraphrasing) “he ate so much fish he had hiccups and died”. In my head all I could think was “holy crap, I need to know more about eating so much fish that you die!” but – that’s all we get.
The story itself is crazy. I’m sad that my best friend passed away last year – I would definitely have him read this book and let me know if he learned anything about it during his 6 years studying for his Masters in History. I definitely heard about some insane things happening on the Oregon Trail – but this one seems to top them all.
A seemingly true tale that tells of a massacre that the Native Americans performed on settlers trying to head West. Left by the Indians is told by a survivor or an attack on her entire wagon group.
Overall, this was one of those books that I didn’t expect to ever read but now I’m glad that I did. I don’t think I’ll forget the story for a long time and I’ll probably even do some digging into similar stories from this time period.
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