Re: Eastern Woodland Warfare Tactics

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Posted by Dana S. on October 14, 1999 at 20:10:03:

In Reply to: Re: Eastern Woodland Warfare Tactics posted by Rich on October 14, 1999 at 14:49:16:

: : Most of my "war reading" as been about Ancient Britain. If anyone knows of any good books about "Ancient America", let me know.

: "Ancient" can be relative ... if we mean pre & early contact, then the 1700 & 1800's can be "ancient" to the Plains tribes. So ... since that's my main historical interest, I'm much more familiar with titles to suggest. Regarding tribal warfare & tactics, if you're interested, two excellent books would be:

: 1 - The Fighting Cheyennes (George Bird Grinnell, University of Oklahoma Press)

: 2 - Counting Coup & Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains ... 1738-1889 (Anthony McGinnis, Cordillera Press, Inc.)

: Another book, dealing mostly with Eastern Woodland, and especially, Great Lakes (Old Northwest) tribes - though not so much militarily - that I would highly recommend would be:

: A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle For Unity, 1745-1815 (Gregory Evans Dowd, The Johns Hopkins University Press)

: There are SO many good ones out there!

Thanks, Rich! I am curious about the pre-contact period and then the changes that occured after contact. From casual reading I have done so far, it seems Europeans had to do most of the adjusting as far as tactics were concerned. Who wins the battles? Is it really the side with the most meat for the grinder? Or is it the side with the best strategy? The best weapons? Or the most courage? Well, I'm bound to find answers in the great list of books I've recieved.

Thanks for your time!

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