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2001 Book Reviews 487
Davis. Cox gives a day-by-day account of the negotiations and tense moments dur-
ing the standoff at McLaren's "embassy," a secluded trailer in the mountains.
Cox, noting the shadow of the bloody siege with David Koresh, reveals the opera-
tion's difficulties and the final success that prevented a tragic ending such as
occurred in Waco. In doing so, he raises important points on First Amendment
rights and government conflicts with the public's right to know.
Gunfights, political violence, and separatist movements have a long history in
Texas and the American West. The enduring mythology of violence associated
with the region has carried over into contemporary times. The author provides a
unique and very readable view of the events in Killeen, Waco, and Fort Davis,
but stops short of synthesizing these or placing them in a broader historical per-
spective relating to violence and social change. Only time and future evaluations
will demonstrate whether this is an extension of tradition or the beginning of a
new wave of violent social protest.
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin PATRICK COX
Massacre at Cheyenne Hole: Lieutenant Austin Henely and the Sappa Creek Controversy.
By John H. Monnett. (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1999. Pp.
ix+143. Introduction, epilogue, appendix, bibliography, index. ISBN o-
87081-527-X. $22.50, cloth.)
John H. Monnett has followed up his book, The Battle of Beecher Island and the
Indian War of r 867- 869 (1992) with a study that focuses on the last significant
fighting in the Red River War with Cheyennes in 1875. In his first study,
Monnett skillfully explored the perspectives of the Cheyennes and the views of
army soldiers and settlers moving into Kansas. The clash with the Cheyennes as
Americans moved in as well as the reality of fear on both sides was presented
sympathetically by Monnett.
In Massacre at Cheyenne Hole, Monnett relates the final stage in the competition
for control of the southern Plains and explores all of the significant dimensions
of this clash and the ensuing Red River War. Monnett skillfully connects the buf-
falo slaughter and subsequent military conquest with the rapid expansion of set-
tlers into western Kansas, noting a closing corridor for the Southern Cheyenne
to flee into the lands of western Kansas to join the northern Cheyenne, to
escape from the army columns, and to attack vulnerable settlers who bore the
brunt of Cheyenne resentment over their losses. In the late summer of 1874, a
band of Cheyenne warriors led by Medicine Water escaped into Kansas and
wiped out a surveying party and the John Germaine family of nine, taking four
of Germaine's daughters as captives. The plight of the girls received national
press attention and hardened the attitudes of army officers and settlers against
This corridor provided the context for the Sappa Creek incident, which
Monnett evaluates with great attention to not only what happened but also to
the available sources and the shifting interpretations advanced by the partici-
pants, the Cheyenne, and different generations of historians. Lt. Austin Henely
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