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Meacham, Alfred B.
Wi-Ne-Ma (The Woman Chief.) And Her People
Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876. Near Fine.. 168pp., plus frontispiece and thirteen plates. Original brown publisher's cloth, blind ruled and gilt lettered, edges sprinkled red. Corners and spine ends slightly bumped. Author's signature on front free endpaper; two photographs mounted on card laid in. Internally clean. A signed copy of Alfred Meacham's biography of his Native American interpreter, his account of the Modoc tribe and his experience during the Modoc War of 1872-1873. In this conflict, the U.S. Army fought against a band of Modocs led by Kintpuash (or "Captain Jack") who were seeking to return to their ancestral lands in northeastern California and southeastern Oregon. Meacham served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Oregon from 1869 to 1872 and as Chairman of Modoc Peace Commission in 1873. In one of the most notorious episodes of the violence, the Commission was attacked by Modoc representatives during a negotiation, and General Edward Canby and Reverend Eleazer Thomas were killed. Meacham was wounded in the encounter, but was saved by the female Modoc interpreter Wi-ne-ma, whose life this work chronicles and to whom it is dedicated. The present copy is not only inscribed by the author, but is also accompanied by two small cabinet cards depicting both Meacham and Wi-Ne-Ma laid in. An outstanding example.
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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