Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 658 The Story of the Washita
22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
In this Edward Curtis photo an elderly Cheyenne warrior remembers the famous yet devastating battle of the Washita in 1865. The battle was led by General Custer who was hoping to restore his reputation. He was so desperate to make an attack that he did not identify the camp or do any research into who they were. This lack of information led him to attack a peaceful Cheyenne tribe on reservation soil where they were promised safety by the US. The reservation was just outside Cheyenne Oklahoma.

Custer ended up killing 103 people including women and children. It was spun to look good for Custer and was seen as a victory for the US. The Cheyenne however were not pleased, and one could surmise that the hatred he caused that day may have led to his death in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

This image was printed by Edward S. Curtis in 1927 on Dutch Van Gelder paper. It is now available for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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