The Ghost Dance, a spiritual dance of the Lakota Sioux in the late 1800’s, becomes their hope—and their demise. Their ancestors were to rise from the dead, reclaim their lands and restore it to its natural state, as it was prior to the intrusion of the white man. But what actually happened was far from what Wovoka, their Messiah, preached. Ghost Dancers follows Lt. George Hawkins from the Battle of the Little Bighorn to the newly established Indian reservations to the massacre at Wounded Knee, a massacre precipitated by the Ghost Dance. Follow George on General George Crook’s “Horsemeat March.” Through George, live the deaths of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, helpless to stop either. Love a woman more suitable to the 1990’s than the 1890’s, and watch helpless, again, as 300 men, women, and children are slaughtered on a frozen December morning by the U.S. Cavalry. Here is the story of one man’s determination to make a difference.
About D.L. Rogers (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Although born in New Jersey of parents from New Jersey and Tennessee, it was just a matter of time before Diane's "southern" blood revealed itself. And reveal itself it did, in a passion for all things western and related to the Civil War. Having learned a great deal in her research since her historical journey began, especially in the Midwest, Diane has attempted to portray both the west and the war from numerous points-of-view, which is not always the same history as what has been previously portrayed--or taught.
As a kid, Diane played Cowboys and Indians more than she did Barbie, and as she got older, she and her cousin (whose parents were reversed) gave themselves the moniker of "Yebels." The question of what it would have been like during the Civil War years, when friends and family fought on opposite sides of the war, festered inside Diane until she answered her own question in the form of the novels she writes of the west and Civil War, where everyday people, regardless of what "side" they were on, when faced with difficult situations, rose to the challenge, and survived.
Now living south of Kansas City, Missouri, on fourteen acres of property, when Diane's not writing or marketing, she enjoys sitting on her front porch, reading when she can or just watching her three horses in the pasture and multitude of cats in the yard. When she does venture into town, it's to work at a law firm on the Plaza, or visit her two children and five grandchildren.