Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Wounded Knee ... a view from 1891

This news article was written 3 months after the military action at Wounded Knee in December 1890, and it presents the confrontation between the U.S. Army and the Lakota from the perspective of the time... a perspective much different from ours today. The story features the actions of 21 year old Corporal Paul H. Weinert at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

According to this old newspaper clipping....

For his actions at Wounded Knee on that stark December morning, Corporal Weinert was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism. History speaks of the ravine on this ground and of the Hotchkiss Gun that did so much damage there. Corporal Weinert was there at that ravine, behind that light cannon on that very morning. After the commander of his detachment (Lieutenant Hawthorne) was felled by bullets, the enraged corporal was heard to cry out "By God, I'll make them pay for that". During the fray, Weinert's cannon was peppered with bullets, with one round finding its way through his hat and one round knocking a shell from his fingers.

The article tells us that there were others deserving of the highest praise, but that Corporal Weinert undoubtedly carried off first honors. Other medal winners are listed as Jacob Trautman of the Seventh Cavalry, Joshua B. Hartzog, George Green, and John Flood, all of Light Battery E, First Artillery.

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