By Brian McGinty
The Oatman bloodbath is without doubt one of the most renowned and dramatic captivity tales within the historical past of the Southwest. during this riveting account, Brian McGinty explores the heritage, improvement, and aftermath of the tragedy.
Roys Oatman, a dissident Mormon, led his relatives of 9 and some different households from their houses in Illinois on a trip west, believing a prophecy that they might locate the fertile “Land of Bashan” on the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers. On February 18, 1851, a band of southwestern Indians attacked the family members on a cliff overlooking the Gila River in present-day Arizona. All yet 3 family members have been killed. The attackers took thirteen-year-old Olive and eight-year-old Mary Ann captive and left their wounded fourteen-year-old brother Lorenzo for dead.
Although Mary Ann didn't live to tell the tale, Olive lived to be rescued and reunited together with her brother at fortress Yuma.
On Olive’s go back to white society in 1857, Royal B. Stratton released a publication that sensationalized the tale, and Olive herself went on lecture excursions, telling of her studies and exciting audiences along with her Mohave chin tattoos.
Ridding the mythical story of its anti-Indian bias and wondering the ancient idea that the Oatmans’ attackers have been Apaches, McGinty explores the level to which Mary Ann and Olive could have tailored to lifestyles one of the Mohaves and charts Olive’s 8 years of traveling and speaking approximately her ordeal.