This program chronicles the four-year period following the Civil War. Year by year, railroads reached up and over the Sierra Nevada, and farther into the Great Plains, threatening to destroy the remaining buffalo ranges. As tribes across the Great Plains began to mount a furious counter-offensive, figures like George Armstrong Custer, Crazy Horse, Buffalo Bill Cody, Red Cloud and Sitting Bull came to the fore. The period was marked by two great climaxes: the triumph, in 1868, of Red Cloud and Crazy Horse over the U.S. Army on the Bozeman Trail; and the joining, in 1869, of the two ends of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.
Note: This is part 2 of a series of 4 parts.
- Producer: Lisa Ades, Ric Burns (Steeplechase Films)