SIXTY FAMILIES MASSACRED BY THE BLACKFOOT INDIANS.; Tune--"Just Before the Battle, Mother". [Caption title]. A. W. Harmon.

SIXTY FAMILIES MASSACRED BY THE BLACKFOOT INDIANS.; Tune--"Just Before the Battle, Mother". [Caption title]

[Maine? ca 1868?]. Broadside. 25.5 x 16.5 cm. Verse in two columns, in twenty stanzas, divided by a single line, within typographical border. Creases across top and bottom with some splitting, else very good. On the one hand, said to be about the Spirit Lake Massacre in Iowa, in 1857, on the other hand, said to be about the Dakota conflict of 1862, in Minnesota, which seems most likely from the text here. Harmon lived most of his life in Maine, and post-Civil War publication in Maine is likely, according to the cataloging of the versions known. According to the verse, Harmon heard the story from William Wood, a participant who lost his arm. Item #64776

OCLC lists five copies of the 20 stanza version offered here: NY Hist. Soc.; Yale; Newberry Lib.; Minnesota Hist. Soc. Lib.; Brown. AAS has versions with 19 and 22 stanzas, as well as a 30 stanza version, with a different title, "The Capture of William Wood, by the Blackfoot Indians," but not this one.

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