The life of Yellowstone Kelly

Keenan, Jerry

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  • Creator Jerry Keenan
  • Format Books
  • Publication Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2017. ©2006
  • Physical Details
    • xxi, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0826340369, 9780826340368
  • OCLC ocn961410574


  • "Luther Sage "Yellowstone" Kelly (1849-1928) felt no need to embellish stories of his accomplishments. It was this modesty that has allowed Kelly to almost disappear from the pages of history. Until now, that is. Thanks to Jerry Keenan's dogged research we now have the first full-length biography of this extraordinary man, who knew the frontier of the American West and recorded his impressions of that time and place with a fluid, literary pen."
  • "Kelly was born in Geneva, in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. He joined the army at the close of the Civil War, spending three years at lonely outposts in Minnesota and Dakota. At the conclusion of his enlistment, he headed west to begin life as a frontiersman, explorer, and army scout and came to know the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone River valleys as well as any white man of his era." "In mid-life, he explored Alaska, fought in the Philippines, and served as agent at the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. Later, he prospected in Nevada before finally retiring to the quiet life of a California orchardist."
  • "In preparing this biography, Jerry Keenan used Kelly's memoirs and personal correspondence, along with a variety of primary and secondary sources, to produce a comprehensive look at this remarkable man who knew many prominent figures of his era, including George Bird Grinnell, Col. Nelson A. Miles, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and President Theodore Roosevelt."--Jacket.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-357) and index.


  • Chapter 1 Geneva to the Missouri, 1849-1868 5 -- Chapter 2 Fort Buford to Fort Peck: Adventures Along the Upper Missouri, 1868-1870 23 -- Chapter 3 The Yellowstone Valley and the Judith Basin, 1870-1876 45 -- Chapter 4 The Sioux War of 1876-1877, Part One 71 -- Chapter 5 The Sioux War of 1876-1877, Part Two 93 -- Chapter 6 An Eastern Journey and the Nez Perce Campaign, 1877 107 -- Chapter 7 The Canadian Border to Yellowstone Park and Another Eastern Sojourn, 1877-1878 123 -- Chapter 8 Colorado, 1880-1891 141 -- Chapter 9 The War Department, 1891-1898 159 -- Chapter 10 Alaska: The Glenn Expedition, February-October, 1898 167 -- Chapter 11 Alaska Again: The Harriman Expedition, 1899 197 -- Chapter 12 The Philippines, 1899-1903 215 -- Chapter 13 San Carlos, Arizona, 1904-1909 245 -- Chapter 14 Nevada, 1909-1915 269 -- Chapter 15 Paradise, California: The End of the Trail, 1915-1928 279
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