Thanks to American Tribes experts, I looked for my Yankton great grandmother's scout uncles (I had their names), googling subject matter "Yankton Scouts". I indeed found two of them in a Senate Record of the 57th Congress from 1902 discussing the possibility of this group of 51 scouts formed for General Sully in 1864 and 1865, getting a government pension, as they had been underpaid for their services. Besides this Left Hand being listed as #1 in the list of names of this scout group, it published the text of a letter that had been given to Left Hand to carry in 1865, which said that he was a reliable Yankton Indian etc. So I feel sure this is my great grandmother's uncle.
My question is, I also see descriptions of a Left Hand known as a Hunkpapa, who was scouting for Custer, but who left the expedition before the Big Horn battle, and was found dead at the adjacent Sioux encampment. I assume this is another man named Left Hand, but just want a confirmation of you all's opinion.
P.S. The other uncle I found in the Sully group was called Coal of Fire. I had until then had his name as Fire Coal.
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2017 12:03:24 GMT -5 by smacmill
Follow up - I found that Coal of Fire, or Fire Coal, completely changed his name to English, taking the name of an agent that he admired - John Gassman. There is a census record where he is shown by both names. Anyone know if during this transition era, did many completely discard their tribal names for English?
Post by Jason Wahpahah(Louis) on May 9, 2018 10:18:09 GMT -5
my great grandfather white cap(officer louis wahpahah) his brother is Officer Left Hand Bear Son(Lt. miles crazy walking)(same mom different dads, LEFT HAND BEAR was Miles Crazy Walking(gnashkinyan mani) father, their mother was sissatonwan/wahpekute, is that the left hand bear your looking for?, my great grandfather goes to canada after they shot sitting bull, and his brother gnaskinyan mani quit working for the police upon hearing they were going to arrest sitting bull, white cap(hat) is drawn into witness accounts, im nnot sure if left hand bear's SON gnaskinyan mani is? i will have to check