Ho! For the Black Hills (South Dakota State Historical Society Press; $29.95)

book-review-ho-for-the-black-hillsIn Ho! For the Black Hills: Captain Jack Crawford Reports the Black Hills Gold Rush and Great Sioux War, esteemed historian Paul L. Hedren has collected all of Crawford’s newspaper dispatches to the Omaha Daily Bee from June 1875

through October 1876 (along with several of his accounts sent to other newspapers). More than an idle eyewitness, Crawford, a.k.a. the “Poet Scout,” was an active participant in the Black Hills gold rush excitement and Great Sioux War activities (he joined Gen. George Crook’s command in early August 1876). His dispatches—and amusing poems—are an important window into these tumultuous and memorable times. Hedren’s introductory essays and closing chapter are equally engaging and informative.

—Marc H. Abrams, author of Sioux War Dispatches: Reports from the Field, 1876-1877

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