Left by the Indiansby Ethan E. Harris, Emeline Fuller Published 26 Dec 2013
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This is a first-hand account one of the worst wagon train massacres in the Old West. After 45 days of starvation and terror, only sixteen of the original forty-five members survived. Left by the Indians is the story told by a 13-year old survivor.
"Left by the Indians" Reviews
I grew up in Portland Oregon and because of this, I was exposed to many different stories about the Oregon Trail. However, I have never read anything this powerful.
The book is a little short, but who cares. This is an eye witness account of the tragedy of the Utter-Van Ornum wagon train. Which I have to say, I've never heard of before this book. Since then, I've been on google learning everything I can about it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a different view of the Oregon Trail than what they were taught in school.
Short, horrific and apparently true
This was a very interesting account not of the author's whole life but mainly about her family's trek out west, her subsequent survival after various Native American encounters that decimated the small wagon train.
How she and a few survivors managed to live when the Indians must have known where they were is a mystery, since they were starving, shoeless and without warm clothing. I won't do any spoilers but believe me, you would not have wanted to be there. The Calvary were portrayed as both feckless, in that they refused to accompany some of the wagon trains, and ultimately saviors of this pathetic band. An amazing account. One wished for a longer account of her life with more detail but it was obviously painful to recall even years later and we are lucky to have any of the story.
A Crazy History Story I’ve Never Heard
3.5 out of 5 stars
I wanted to rate this book higher – but it was just a little too choppy for me. I understand that it’s just a firsthand telling of a massacre – it just felt like there wasn’t a lot of detail given. There were lines like (paraphrasing) “he ate so much fish he had hiccups and died”. In my head all I could think was “holy crap, I need to know more about eating so much fish that you die!” but – that’s all we get.
The story itself is crazy. I’m sad that my best friend passed away last year – I would definitely have him read this book and let me know if he learned anything about it during his 6 years studying for his Masters in History. I definitely heard about some insane things happening on the Oregon Trail – but this one seems to top them all.
A seemingly true tale that tells of a massacre that the Native Americans performed on settlers trying to head West. Left by the Indians is told by a survivor or an attack on her entire wagon group.
Overall, this was one of those books that I didn’t expect to ever read but now I’m glad that I did. I don’t think I’ll forget the story for a long time and I’ll probably even do some digging into similar stories from this time period.
This was a nice short story. Much like other wagon trains that were attacked by indians. Nothing exceptional about this story. It was, however, sad.
This is one of the most interesting stories of the settlers moving west and the hardships of those that survived the hardships and brutality of the Indians that I have ever read. Mrs. Fuller does not leave out anything no matter how brutal and heart breaking it was for her. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the horrors of the Indian controlled west.
I was looking for a quick read
The number of stars mean nothing. It would not be right to review this book in such a trivial way. This story is profound in its minimalism. I can't rattle on about it, as though I qualify on any level as a critic of an actual lived life. I'm just wiling away the hours of my life tucked snuggly in my bed with my Kindle.