Mudeater: An American Buffalo Hunter & The Surrender...

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Author Pihach, John D
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"A really interesting read."Keith Carlson, author ofThe Power of Place, The Problem of Time

Born the son of a Wyandot Chief in Kansas in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was one of the last great frontiersmen of the American West.

Hired to run wagon trains to Santa Fe, Mudeater fought off "Indian attacks," was caught up in the Civil War, drove a stagecoach, and lived as a plainsman on the lawless frontier. Most of all, he was a buffalo hunter--killing 126 head in just one day.

In 1882, Mudeater moved to Canada, adopted the name Robert Armstrong, and portrayed himself as white. Shortly after the fall of Batoche, he played the lead role in bringing the fugitive Metis leader, Louis Riel, into custody.

John D. Pihach attempts to resolve the opposing stories of Riel's surrender/capture, scrutinizes the sensational incidents in Armstrong/Mudeater's life, and, with the inclusion of Mudeater's unpublished memoir, allows this consummate storyteller to speak in his own voice.

Short Description
The story of one of the last buffalo hunters on the frontier, Mudeater was an American Indian who later took on a new identity as a white man--"Robert Armstrong"--in Canada, and was also one of the three men who brought Louis Riel into custody. InMudeater, John Pihach scrutinizes the sensational incidents of Armstrong/Mudeater's life and attempts to resolve the conflicting stories of the surrender of Riel.

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology
U.S. Plains, circa 1870s
Southern and Central Saskatchewan and Alberta, circa 1880s

Part One: The Life of Robert Armstrong

Chapter One: Before Robert Armstrong
Chapter Two: Youth to 1885
Chapter Three: 1885
Chapter Four: 1885 to 1940

Part Two: Robert Armstrong's Memoir

Preface to Armstrong's Memoir
Robert Armstrong's Memoir


Appendix 1: Riel's Apprenhension: Many Versions
Appendix 2: Riel's Apprehension: Accounts by the Three Captors