Across The Fence: The Nez Perce War of 1877, Part II
In 1877, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army was William Tecumseh Sherman, whose policy on pacification of the Native Americans focused more on conquest than compromise.
Following Custer's defeat at the Little Bighorn, Sherman wrote that, "hostile savages like Sitting Bull and his band of outlaw Sioux ... must feel the superior power of the Government." And to those who criticized the killing of Indian women and children by U.S. troops Sherman noted that, "during an assault, the soldiers can not pause to distinguish between male and female, or even discriminate as to age."
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