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The Rhetoric and Practice of Scalping

Scalping, the removal of the scalp from the head often for use as a trophy, is usually regarded as a uniquely sanguineous Indian practice confined to America’s distant colonial past. However, little remembered today is the important role the practice played during the Revolutionary War. While traditionally seen by colonials as a symbol of Indian […]

by Zachary Brown
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How to Treat a Scalped Head

When one thinks of injuries received in battle during the Revolutionary War wounds from gunshots, bayonets and swords come to mind.  A far less common wound was that of a scalping victim.  In most cases the scalping victim was already dead or soon would be dead when the scalping took place.  There were however instances […]

by Hugh T. Harrington