war chief was a contemporary of
He was not so strong a character as the other, and was inclined to be
pompous and boastful; but with all this he was a true type of
American in spirit and bravery.
While Dull Knife
was noted in warfare among
made his record against the whites, in defense of territory embracing the
Republican and Arickaree rivers. He was killed on the latter river in
1868, in the celebrated battle with General Forsythe.
Save Chief Gall
and Washakie in the prime of their manhood, this chief had no peer in
bodily perfection and masterful personality. No Greek or Roman gymnast was
ever a finer model of physical beauty and power.
He thrilled his men to frenzied action
when he came upon the field. It was said of him that he sacrificed
more youths by his personal influence in battle than any other leader,
being very reckless himself in grand-stand charges. He was killed
needlessly in this manner.