In the John No Ears winter calendar we find that Hunts The Enemy (Captain George Sword) sometime in the winter/spring of 1878/79 killed a Cheyenne chief. In the somewhat fictionalized book Agent McGillicuddy´s widow wrote the name of this Cheyenne is given as Spotted Wolf. It is described that a minor group of Cheyenne, 25 people, had been passing through the camp of Young Man Afraid. McGillicuddy, who had just taken up his assignment at Pine Ridge, gave Sword orders to pursue the refugees. Sword returned with a dead body and the rest as prisoners. But which Spotted Wolf are we talking about - for the very good reason that the famous Spotted Wolf died 1896 it cannot be him - and furthermore which Cheyenne? A group who had stayed at or around Pine Ridge or a splinter group from the Little Wolf band hiding in the Sand Hills?
This incident occurred in early September, 1879, when a small group of Cheyennes stole some horses von the Lakotas and fled toward Montana. When the escape became known to Pine Ridge agent McGillycuddy, he ordered George Sword and members of the Indian Police, to pursue the Cheyennes and bring them back to Pine Ridge. When Sword and his men overtook the Cheyennes, Spotted Wolf refused to surrender and was killed by the Indian Police. The other men were brought back to Pine Ridge...
Who was Spotted Wolf ?
That Spotted Wolf was not the famous chief, who died in 1896 . As in many other instances, there were often persons with the same name. This one Spotted Wolf, killed by the Indian Police, was a survivor of the Fort Robinson outbreak ( January 1879 ) . As we know, the majority of these survivors were brought to Pine Ridge in late January 1879. Presumably, Spotted Wolf was not a chief, but just the leader of that small Cheyenne group. Maybe, these men were homesick for Montana or they were going to visit their relatives near Fort Keogh ( Montana ) . To appoint him as a chief ( I suppose ) was an exaggeration by McGillycuddy or some officials in the aftermath.