In the middle of june 1853 , near Fort Laramie , a band of Miniconjou led by Little Brave had a fight with Lt Hugh.B.Fleming and his group send by the Lt Richard.B.Garnett ,commander of the fort ,to take 2 or 3 prisonners as hostages after the killing of a soldier by Miniconjous warriors !
I would like to learn more about this Little Brave (his band , his kindred and maybe more about his life ). Thank you !
It seems there is not much info on Little Brave other than that he was an uncle of High Forehead and chief of the Miniconjou group that regulary came down to Fort Laramie in the 1850s. Is it safe to assume he died of natural causes?
Post by kingsleybray on Mar 8, 2018 4:11:25 GMT -5
This is part of a statement made by Big Partisan, the Brule chief, in December 1854 about the Grattan fight. It sheds some more light on Little Brave and when he died:
"The Bear [i.e. Conquering Bear] went to the Indians lodge that killed the Cow. The Indian said that he did not think the whites wanted to kill him for a poor lame cow that was left on the road and could not travel any farther that he had killed the cow because he was hungry. And that the Soldiers had killed three of them [his Miniconjou relatives] the summer before and that they had neaver [sic] said anything about it, and that he had started a few days ago from his Chief, the Little Brave, who was moving towards the Fort but died on the way, and that he was crying for him and wanted to follow him."
Post by kingsleybray on Mar 8, 2018 4:13:47 GMT -5
In one of Stanley Vestal's books it says High Forehead (the man that killed the emigrant cow in 1854) belonged to the Eat No Dogs (Sunkayutesni) band. Perhaps Little Brave was its chief in 1853-54? ... something to follow up on