Former Comanche captives, taken as children, did not do well after their release: They couldn’t stay married, they couldn’t keep a job, some of them never learned to read and write, they couldn’t stay in one place, they had a hard time communicating and generally seemed like unhappy people.
Hi S.C. Gwynne (better known as Sam Gwynne): Thanks so much for talking to me. I’ve admired you for years, since I read Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. Not only do I admire the job you did…
“These Indians held seven white captives, which they admitted they had in their letter asking for peace.
Soldiers tried to procure all of the (captives), but were only given four, possibly a hedging by the Indians who figured it was not a good idea to give up all their bargaining chips.”
Lucia St. Clair Robson talks to Julia Robb about her novels, her writing career, Cynthia Ann Parker and Cynthia’s son, Comanche chief Quanah Parker.