from Chapter 1 --
"Asa Rose, half English and half Cherokee, was a hard-drinking trader who moved his family from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to the village of Louisville on the Ohio River .... Ed loved his easy-going mother, who was part Negro and part Cherokee. Although the Rose family was free, many white people still treated them as if they were slaves and not worth much consideration. To help minimize his feelings of rejection, Fatima Rose emphasized her son’s Native American heritage."
from Chapter 2 --
"Ed missed his mother a lot, but he feared he would be hung if he returned to Louisville. He hardly remembered killing the Frenchman, but he would never forget the pain of the man's sharp knife against his face. He vowed to never allow such a thing to happen to him again. He wanted to become the meanest knife fighter on the river."
from Chapter 4 --
"He fought so often that his reputation grew. The name “Ed Rose” brought fear to those who knew of him. When boatmen from St. Louis or Louisville entered New Orleans, they soon learned of the fierce, black man known as Nez Coupe. His scars easily identified him to the new arrivals and they wisely kept their distance."
from Chapter 8 --
"He had felt secure while he was among the Crow because they respected and admired him. His only choice now was to remain with the native people who had adopted him. Perhaps he could become important by controlling the Yellowstone trade with the Crow. Ed left Fort Raymond and returned with the River Crow to begin his new life among them."
from Chapter 23 --
"The next day Ed led them over the southern tip of the Bighorn Mountains and descended Poison Creek to the Wind River. They followed the Little Wind to the area north of White Horse Draw and met the first lodges of the Mountain Crow. Smith located John Weberís brigade and rode up to them eagerly. All the men dismounted to shake hands all around and to exchange tales about their respective ordeals. Chief Long Hair invited the white trapper leaders to his council fire. Ed waited patiently as Long Hairís chiefs passed the peace pipe around."
from Chapter 28 --
"With a crew of good boatmen, General Atkinson expected to make twenty-five miles per day, which was twice the rate for normal keelboat travel, and the [new] method would prevent a great deal of fatigue upon the men. However, later in their journey, Atkinson abandoned the treadmill system due to the many breakdowns and, instead, he made the men sit on benches along the sides of the boat and then push horizontal slides in unison, which through a gear mechanism, then turned the paddlewheels.
On September 17, 1824, Major Stephen Watts Kearny assigned his men to the boats. In all, Kearny had ten officers and one hundred fifty-six noncommissioned officers, musicians and privates of the First Infantry. Additionally he also had some civilians under his command. Desertion became common in this expedition from the beginning."
from Chapter 29 --
"The next day, treaties were signed by the Ogallala, Cheyenne and Saone. All the chiefs were given horses, holsters, pistols and swords. Chief High-back Wolf of the Cheyenne gave General Atkinson a mule and a saddle. Again, Lieutenant Holmes fired six more shells with his Howitzer and the resulting explosions made lasting impressions on everyone present. When the boats departed, over three thousand natives lined the shore to see the peace commission ascend the river. Ed rode off again, this time in search of more buffalo and Chief Fireheart’s Sioux tribe. It was not until the fourteenth of July that he arrived in the new village of the Arikara."
Text excerpts from Five Scalps
© by Jerry A. Matney
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