A Battle Among Brothers Destroys Hermann's Tribe

in history •  2 months ago  (edited)

Conditions on the reservations were so deplorable that many Apache worked for the Army as scouts like this happy bunch:

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Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!

We're in a series about the Wild West and the incredible story of an 11 year old German boy, Hermann, who was captured by an Apache war party from his family's farm in 1870 in Central Texas.

He's now about 15-16 years old at this point in the story and has become a full blown warrior and is terrified of the White man and also hates him.

Yesterday's post

In the last post his band had once again escaped the reservation after fighting with another unfriendly band of warriors. Hermann's band had traveled a day and night away from there and set up camp at a nice location under the trees.

Attacked by their own tribe members

They were settling in when 12 warriors from the unfriendly band rushed them and wanted to fight, so 12 of Hermann's band agreed to fight them.

This 12 that approached them were of their tribe, just a different band. But while Hermann's 12 were getting ready to fight, the other group shot one of Hermann's braves with an arrow and killed him and then they rode off.

It was a trap

So the chief, Hermann's adopted father, told Hermann and a few others to mount up, they were going after the cowards. So they did. They rode about 5 miles but it was right into an ambush that had been set for them.

Hermann said it was like some of them rose out of the earth.

Other warriors charged them:

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Most of their comrades were killed so they were retreating and slowly making their way back to their camp, a running fight.

They were almost back to camp when two or three overtook them and then it was hand-to-hand combat with spears, lances and tomahawks flying.

A warrior raised his spear to kill Hermann but the chief pierced him through with a lance but at the same time the medicine man shot the chief in the back and killed him!

Now, this was the same medicine man that had harrassed and tormented Hermann from the first day he arrived at their camp. And while the rest of the tribe had accepted him, the medicine man never did and always made his life miserable whenever he could so Hermann hated him, he called him "that old devil."

The medicine man didn't think he could be killed in battle, he was supposed to be supernaturally protected as long as he didn't eat pork. Hermann didn't think he could be killed either.

I imagine the medicine man looked something like this:

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Dyin time's here

But Hermann felt such a rage rise up in him when the medicine man killed his adopted father that he swore to kill that S.O.B. no matter what. Or die trying.

The medicine man had a Winchester rifle and came toward Hermann waving his shield and said with a snarl.. "This is your last day, for now you die."

Hermann only had his bow and arrows(and trusty shield) but was determined to avenge the death of his chief. The other warriors had gone ahead to the camp because they knew Hermann would be no match for the medicine man.

You don't pick a fight with a medicine man, that's suicidal. But who was being protected his whole time with the Apaches? Countless times. And who was Hermann's family interceding to on his behalf? Hermann didn't realize the spiritual warfare going on.

This was Hermann's type of fight

The medicine man started shooting at Hermann, 2 or 3 bullets being deflected by hitting Hermann's shield (thank God for bullet-proof shields).

There was a big rock which Hermann started dashing around, the medicine man chasing him and firing. So around in circles they went but Hermann had great confidence because of his speed and strength.

The chief is avenged

After a few times around the boulder Hermann suddenly turned and fired an arrow under the medicine man's shield and hit him in the stomach. As he threw up his arms Hermann shot again and got him in the side.

At that point the medicine man fell down and asked Hermann not to shoot anymore, that he was killed. Hermann shot him again in the chest just to make sure and his eyes rolled up, he let out a groan and then was gone for good.

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The insanity of fighting each other was brought on by losing everything they had...and by frustration, anger, and going crazy from the poisoned whiskey.

And now Hermann was totally alone and isolated. Killing the medicine man was a death sentence and his best friend, protector, and chief.. was gone. His story continues in the next post.

Thanks for reading folks, God bless you all!
-jonboy
Texas

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Hi Janton.
This whole story shows perfectly that there are not so much as race issues, but culture differences that people keep to.
That the world pushes race as the issue is so wrong...its all about your culture that youre brought up into, whether this is an adopted one or not!

Exciting read this...

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Howdy sir towjam! So true. The world DOES push race and racism all the time, in their ignorance.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting, it's a great story and I'm going to be sad when it ends.

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Enjoy your stuff mate....all the best

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thank you sir towjam and this is a good reminder to go over to your blog to see if you're posting, I know you've been busy with the job. How is that going, by the way?

Aw, how sad that the chief was killed and I am glad that Hermann killed the medicine man, but now I am afraid for Hermann.

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howdy again Butterfly! yes, it's a real mess and it's not going to be an easy road for Hermann but at least we know he's a survivor.

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Yes, he is a survivor and hasn't used up all of his 9 lives yet. The thing that makes me happy to know while reading your story is that he lived long enough to tell his story. I always wondered how old Hermann was when he told his story. Do you know?

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Howdy again Butterfly! I'm not sure, hopefully he will tell at the end, all I know is that he's in his 70's or 80's. Saw a photo of him last night as an old man with a full Indian headress on. lol.

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Howdy @janton! That is good to hear that Hermann had a long life, as long as he was happy. He was wearing a full headdress as an old man? He really did love being a part of the tribe.

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Howdy again Butterfly! yes Ma'am, he had a wonderful life as a white man but also remained an Indian too. I'll show those photos at the end of the series if I ever get to the end. lol.

I did not see this coming at all. The chief dead and Herman killing the medicine man! Wow.

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howdy Melinda! yeah I know, it's shocking and I wanted to surprise people so I guess I did. lol.
At this point he has no idea what to do because he hates the whites and is afraid of the Comanches, or
afraid they might kill him.

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I'm resteeming this one!

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Thank you so much Melinda!

Hiya janton, Hermann's shield sounded like one of those Marvel's heroes we have on the movies. As always Hermann survives thank goodness. How old is he now janton? It feels like he is at least 20 given his adventures, lol.

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Howdy angiemitchell! Yes he's been through two lifetimes of action already. I think he's about 16 at this point but it's hard to say because he doesn't indicate how old he is except when he was captured.
They did a fantastic job on making those shields bullet-proof though! wow. You're right, just like Captain America!

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So this white little boy of 11 years old changed into a warrior of 16 years old who thought, felt and acted like an Apache Indian. Wow!

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Howdy today angiemitchell! Yes by this time in the story he is an Indian in every way except his skin color, a total transformation! In fact it looks like he would never be able to go back to white society at this point.

Hermann's story is good movie material. :-)

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haha! Howdy sir Vincent! It would be a heck of a long movie, I think they'd have to make a trilogy to get all the stuff in and I think they should because it's a great story. They wouldn't have to make anything up!
They wouldn't have to say "Based on a true story." They could just say this is TRUE! lol.

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I know, they can make it into a serial. How's that? :-)

Thank you for the tokens. To what do I deserve them? Very kind of you Jonboy, and thank you for making my life so complicated. So, now I have to go and learn all about Engage tokens. lol

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haha! you are welcome sir Vincent! you deserve them because you are so consistent in your posting and commenting, that means you're not as lazy as you say you are. lol. But your work ethic on here is admirable and need to be recognized. Sorrry to make you do some more work!

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Thank you for your kind words, Jonboy. Being on Steemit has become routine for me. I am very good at routines. I would make a very good factory worker.

Have a great weekend.

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Howdy helpiecake and veryspider! Thank you so much for the upvote and resteem, God bless you!

Crazy and bloody lives of warriors! I had given up all that since my past lives! Too much blood and sorrow!

When will you publish your book?!

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Howdy today sir kaminchan! Yes I'm glad you gave all that up, it was totally crazy and for what? But the poisoned Fire Water made them crazy too. Someday when I retire I may think about writing a book but thanks for the vote of confidence!

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Howdy esteemapp and thank you so much for the upvote!

This is historic and informative, During the ancient periods, only the strong men can keep the village save and most of this warriors rely on their medicine men for prediction and protection. I really love this post

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Howdy there maclevis! I agree, is this similar to the tribes in Nigeria in times past?
Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Quite the turn of events with the chief dead, killed by his own medicine man. Will be interesting how Hermann makes out after killing the medicine man.

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Howdy redheadpei! I agree, it's going to be interesting, thanks so much for reading and commenting. What is on the agenda for the weekend?

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Afternoon Cowboy Jon! it’s going to be quiet as I’ve come down with a cold. Haven’t had one in years and don’t like the feeling of a stuffy nose. I’ve been doctoring myself with lemon juice, honey in a glass of hot/warm water.
What’s on your agenda for what’s left of the weekend?

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Howdy again redheadpei! well I guess you can always work on steemit then but I'm sorry to hear about the cold, I hate those things and they seem to hang on when I get them but like you I haven't had one for years. I'm sure the lemon juice and honey really helps though.
Us, well the Missus has to work every night until Wednesday and it's raining here so I'll spend most of my time on steemit I guess. At least we won't be spending any money!

Howdy Sir Janton, so it seems that the young Hermann is in another spot of trouble here. I wonder if he knows today that at all times he was covered in prayer?
Concerning tribal fights, today they make the white race the enemy, but they have been killing each other since time began. Even without any fire water! South Africa's history is replete with tribal wars.
Blessings!

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Yes sir, the same with almost every country, well, every country that I've read about. I can't make sense of any of it but it's always the same story.
As far as Hermann, I don't know what his spiritual life was, maybe he'll share more at the end of the book. He was an old man when he wrote the book in 1927, I think he died shortly after.

Hello, janton!

Here I did not understand your side note

You don't pick a fight with a medicine man, that's suicidal.

Why?

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Howdy zirochka! Well, the medicine men were very powerful leaders in their tribe and had alot of influence and authority so if you picked a fight with them they could probably have you banned or even killed.

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Oh, I see now. Just like in movies, I thought it was exaggeration.

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yes, you are right, just like in movies!

You described that fight so well, Janton! Excellent job, sir.

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Howdy sir dandays and thank you for the kind words. I didn't know how to write it up so I'm glad to hear that it came out well. What's going on down there this weekend?

I wonder if it was because he was white that the medicine man hated him, or other reasons. If we were to get mystical, we could say that he ordained that Hermann would be his demise. As an outsider, I'm assuming he was just an old codger set in his ways that liked to throw around power by deciding he hated a defenseless kid early on.

What a shame Hermann had to see his adopted father go, especially after having finally gained his respect. I suppose it was only a matter of time though, with all that fighting.

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Howdy ginnyannette! I agree with your assumption about the old medicine man, he was prejudiced and didn't like seeing a white boy accepted like one of them. Yeah it was too bad about the fighting, Hermann later called it a drunken brawl. It didn't
make much sense, so it was just a total waste of life.
As evil as the army and other whites were in charge of them, I think they made sure they had the Fire Water because they knew the results of that and it would thin them out.

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I've heard that theory about the supplying of it before. Sad, but interesting.

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I think it's true because they had huge amounts of it. All they had to do was search the camp and take it if
they didn't want it there. Sad because it was so shameful.

What a mess. Sounds like that particular medicine man deserved what he got, though.

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Howdy sir fotosdenada! it was a nightmarish mess. Hermann called it an insane drunken brawl later. What a waste of life.
But what is your situation? You have to be close to finishing with everything right?

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