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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) German, who was taken captive with her sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. On September 11, 1874, the John German family, consisting of his wife and seven children, was attacked by a band of Cheyenne east of Ft. Wallace, Kansas. Only the four youngest, Sophia, Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide (aged 7 and 5), were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors. Fort Wallace received word of the killings and began the search to find the girls and to negotiate their release. They found Julia and Adelaide, who had survived on their own for 6 weeks, and on February 26, 1875, the Cheyennes released Catherine and Sophia. The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
Item Number: 775
Call Number: B German Family *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 775
Collections - Photograph
Date - 1870s
Military - Wars - Indian Wars
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph - Cabinet cards
People - Women
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Photographs - Format - Cabinet cards