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Publisher's Summary

This is the first-hand account of one of the worst wagon train massacres in the Old West. After enduring an attack on their wagons, survivors of the assault fled on foot, continuing West as best as they could manage with no supplies. 
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.
©2013 Ethan E. Harris (P)2018 Ethan E. Harris
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4 out of 5 stars
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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