The Oatman Massacre: A Tale of Desert Captivity and Survival, by Brian McGinty


The Oatman family and their lone wagon, stopped on a rock shelf above the Gila River, were tempting to the Indian who approached them. In just a few violent moments, all but three of the nine families were dead. The two daughters, Olive and Mary Ann, were taken captive and the son was left for dead. For five years Olive lived with two Indian bands in the desert of southern Arizona and on the Colorado River. This volume is highly recommended as an enjoyable study of a unique and dramatic event on the southwestern frontier, an event that has incited enduring curiosity. (Robert A. Clark, former editor, Overland Journal)

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