Autumn 2017: In this issue

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Vol. 67, No. 3

Cheyenne and Lakota Women at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

by Leila Monaghan

“Please Send Me Some Medecine”

Dr. Charles A. McNulty’s Medical Practice in Madison County, Montana
by Todd L. Savitt

Buffalo Soldiers in Big Sky Country, 1888–1898

by John P. Langellier

A Copper King’s Mysterious Marriage

The Peculiar Pairing of William A. Clark and Anna LaChapelle
by Keith Edgerton

The Great War

From the Vaults of the Montana Historical Society
by Martha Kohl


Powell, Vanishing America, reviewed by Daniel Justin Herman | Puisto, “This Is My Reservation, I Belong Here,” reviewed by Laurie Arnold | Schulte, As Precious as Blood, reviewed by William D. Rowley | Pihach, Mudeater, reviewed by Ted Binnema | Lamont, Westerns, reviewed by Maria O’Connell

On the Cover

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859–1953) created more than ten thousand works of art, most of which feature Native American subjects. Working in oil, watercolor, and pastel, Sharp depicted scenes of traditional tribal life that seemed to be rapidly disappearing in the early twentieth century. He took particular interest in the peoples of the American Southwest and the northern plains and painted more than three thousand portraits of American Indian people between 1893 and his death in 1953. Apache Camp in Hondo Cañon, New Mexico (circa 1920, oil on canvas, 24 ⅛" x 20 ⅛") appears courtesy Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, USA / Bequest of Alice R. Werk / Bridgeman Images.

Manufactured by Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Co. in New York, the ornate nitrous oxide gasometer on the back cover (Montana Historical Society Museum Collection x1969.18.09) was used by Marysville dentist John Vincent Cole at the turn of the twentieth century and is believed to be the first of its kind in Montana. One of the challenges of dentistry at that time was the lack of effective and safe anesthesia. Before the use of nitrous oxide, a patient would have been sedated with chloroform or received an injection of a cocaine solution to numb his or her gums prior to oral surgery. This tin and chrome anesthesia tank stands over five feet tall and was designed to provide a consistent supply of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to the patient.

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