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Over the next decade, federal Indian policy underwent a subtle shift, particularly under the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, who not only wanted to acquire additional land from the Indians but also sought to change their way of life. Jefferson believed that the Indians could be convinced to give up their “savagery” and live instead like “civilized” white men who farmed the land. Indeed, Jefferson believed that once the Indians adopted white husbandry and domestic manufactures, they would willingly sell their excess land to the United States.
Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, complained that no one at most posts knew his duties and if attacked by an enemy, officers needed half a day’s preparation to ready their soldiers for an assault. At Fort Howard, Croghan found no officer proficient in firing the post’s lone artillery piece, which was in a poor state of repair from being continually exposed to the weather. When he ordered a young lieutenant to fire the gun, it took several hours to prepare the fuses, and when he finally fired about a dozen shells, only two burst.
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The Night Chant: A Navaho Ceremony by Washington Matthews