Wildcat Bluff Cultural Conversations continues as Michael Grauer discusses the Red River War.
Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Art and Western Heritage at The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum joins us from 6:30 to 8:30pm to lead a discussion about the Red River War of 1874-1875. Mr. Grauer is an expert in western history and studies the Red River War and it's era with a particularly keen eye. This lecture and subsequent question and answer time promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
The Red River War was a military campaign launched by the United States Army in 1874 to remove the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Native American tribes from the Southern Plains and forcibly relocate them to reservations in Indian Territory. Lasting only a few months, the war saw several army columns crisscross the Texas Panhandle in an effort to locate, harass and capture highly mobile Indian bands. Most of the engagements were small skirmishes in which neither side suffered many casualties. The war wound down over the last few months of 1874 as fewer and fewer Indian bands had the strength and supplies to remain in the field. Though the last significantly sized group did not surrender until mid-1875, the war marked the end of free roaming Indian populations on the Southern Plains.
This evening will be our usual format of potluck dinner and discussion so please, bring a dish to share and a beverage of your choice.