The Daughter of the Sioux

Charles KING (1844 - 1933)

Charles King was a United States soldier and a distinguished writer. He was the son of Civil War general Rufus King and great grandson of Rufus King, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from West point in 1866 and served in the Army during the Indian Wars under George Crook. He was wounded in the arm forcing his retirement from the regular army. During this time he became acquainted with Buffalo Bill Cody. King would later write scripts for several of Cody's silent films.

King's writings, relating to American Indians, cover a complex range of opinion within his novels. His sympathy for their cause of defending their homelands, and being forced to adopt a new lifestyle, did not stop him from graphically portraying them as savage and barbaric peoples. However, King also used his writings to harshly criticize U.S. government policies that resulted in Indian treaties not being honored and that permitted rampant corruption among government-appointed reservation agents. As a lieutenant in the 5th Cavalry, King was a participant on the American western frontier, who personally fought in battles with Southwestern and Plains Indians and observed government policies first hand. Charles King is credited today with helping to establish the "Western novel" as a romantic and dramatic genre of American literature, based upon a sturdy foundation of historical realism. (Summary compiled from Wikipedia and THE LIFE OF CHARLES KING by Nathan Bender, Housel Curator, McCracken Research Library within The Buffalo Bill Historical Center.)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Foreshadowed Events Maire Rhode
00:26:48
Play 02 Absent From Duty Maire Rhode
00:20:26
Play 03 A Night Encounter Shirley Anderson
00:16:49
Play 04 The Sign Of The Bar Shoe Christine Blachford
00:15:12
Play 05 A Grave Discovery Shirley Anderson
00:17:37
Play 06 First Sight Of The Foe texttalker
00:19:21
Play 07 Blood Will Tell texttalker
00:18:55
Play 08 More Strange Discoveries texttalker
00:18:00
Play 09 Bad News From The Front Christine Blachford
00:12:30
Play 10 "I'll never go back" Mike Vendetti
00:18:18
Play 11 A Fight With A Fury Christine Blachford
00:13:27
Play 12 The Ordeal By Fire Mike Vendetti
00:22:23
Play 13 Wounded--Body And Soul Mike Vendetti
00:18:22
Play 14 A Vanished Heroine Mike Vendetti
00:18:11
Play 15 A Woman's Plot Maire Rhode
00:26:10
Play 16 Night Prowling At Frayne Maire Rhode
00:24:22
Play 17 A Rifled Desk Christine Blachford
00:14:36
Play 18 Burglary At Blake's Christine Blachford
00:16:08
Play 19 A Slap For The Major Mike Vendetti
00:20:49
Play 20 The Sioux Surrounded Mike Vendetti
00:21:51
Play 21 Thanksgiving At Frayne Mike Vendetti
00:22:15
Play 22 Behind The Bars texttalker
00:18:35
Play 23 A Soldier Entangled Jim Fish
00:19:29
Play 24 The Death Song Of The Sioux Maire Rhode
00:22:36
Play 25 L'envoi - Epilogue Varra Unreal
00:09:26