Some of the most savage war in world history was waged on the American Plains from 1865 to 1879. As settlers moved west following the Civil War, they found powerful Indian tribes barring the way. When the U.S. Army intervened, a bloody and prolonged conflict ensued. Drawing heavily from diaries, letters, and memoirs from American Plains settlers, historian Thomas Goodrich weaves a spellbinding tale of life and death on the prairie, told in the timeless words of the participants themselves. "Scalp Dance" is a powerful, unforgettable epic that shatters modern myths. Within its pages, the reader will find a truthful account of Indian warfare as it occurred.
Thomas Goodrich is a professional writer whose focus is the American West. He is also author of "The Day Dixie Died: The Occupied South, 1864-1866," "War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861," and co-author of "Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerilla."