Author Archives: Sam Russell

About Sam Russell

I am a fifth-generation retired Army officer with twenty-nine years of commissioned service. I have been researching the frontier Army for over eighteen years and am interested in documenting the lives of the soldiers that participated in the battle of Wounded Knee using primarily official reports, diaries, letters, newspaper articles and other primary source documents. My interest in Wounded Knee stems from my kinship to one of the principal participants. I am the great-great-grandson of Samuel M. Whitside, who was a major and battalion commander at the battle. I welcome and encourage comments on posts and pages and am always interested in any new primary sources. If you have copies of letters, diaries, etc, from participants and are willing to share, please contact me. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are strictly my own, and should in no way be construed as official Army or U.S. Government positons.

Sergeant William Grafton Austin, E Troop, 7th Cavalry – Conspicuous Gallantry


He displayed great bravery in crossing the ravine under a hot fire and maintained his position there until his troop was withdrawn at the time the Hotchkiss gun was put in position. –Lieutenant Sedgwick Rice Sergeant William G. Austin had … Continue reading

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First Lieutenant John Kinzie, Adjutant, 2nd Infantry – An Officer’s Account of Wounded Knee


I was hit early in the fight. The first published account of the battle at Wounded Knee from an officer present on the field came from an infantryman that had no official role in the battle and in all likelihood should … Continue reading

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Setting the Record Straight Regarding H. R. 3467 Remove the Stain Act


The Honorable Adam Smith, ChairmanThe Honorable Mac Thornberry, Ranking MemberHouse Armed Services CommitteeU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry: I am writing you regarding H. R. 3467 “Remove the Stain Act,” to implore the … Continue reading

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