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Robert McGee, the man who was scalped as a child by Native American warriors, 1864

Robert McGee is one of the few people in American frontier history who survived by ripping his flesh out of his skull. In 1890, the photographer E.E. Henry took this rare photo of Robert McGee showing off his scaling marks. This is the story of how Robert McGee was dug up by Sioux Indian warriors in the summer of 1864 and lived to tell the story.

In 1864, 14-year-old Robert McGee and his family decided to migrate west, as was the custom of many immigrants of the time, to seek a better life on the American frontier. The family joined a wagon train bound for Leavenworth, Kansas. Somewhere along the way, Robert's parents died, and he became an orphan.

Once at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, Robert applied to join the army, but was not accepted, as he was too young. Desperate for work, Robert took a job with a freight company to supply Fort Union in New Mexico.

In the summer of 1864, the Freight Company had a wagon train leave for Fort Union for Fort Leavenworth, and Robert was one of the teamsters working on this wagon train. Due to the dangers on the trail, the wagon train was escorted by the US Army.

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