Danny Blackgoat - Rugged Road to Freedom

  • Chapter 1

  • Surprise at the Water Hole

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    Winter, 1864 Fort Davis, Texas, a Civil War prison camp for captured rebel soldiers.

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  • With the help of Jim Davis, a fellow prisoner, Danny Blackgoat has escaped.

  • Seventeen years old and Navajo, Danny is hoping to rejoin his family, who endured the Long Walk and are now struggling to survive at Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

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    Guard

    “Everybody up!”

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    shouted a guard.

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  • Sunrise at Fort Davis was still an hour away.

  • The prisoners rolled and grumbled.

  • Some rolled out of bed.

  • Most rolled over and covered their heads with their pillows.

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    Guard

    “Get up now!”

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    the guard shouted.

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  • Two guards walked from bed to bed in the barracks.

  • They prodded the prisoners with their rifle butts.

  • When a guard came to Danny Blackgoat’s bed, he paused.

  • Danny was a young Navajo boy, the only Indian prisoner at the fort.

  • He always slept under the covers, curled up like a snake.

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    Guard

    “Well,”

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    he said,

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