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The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,053 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his fami ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jason Koivu
Jul 21, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Don't let the title fool you, this is not just a single story. There are numerous stories about abduction on the western frontier in The Captured, and most of them are written with all the enticement of a newspaper headline w/photo.


Okay, that was a little too sensationalistic...not to mention racist.

However, there is a load of action and gruesome imagery in The Captured, as many of the abductions were the result of raids during which there were casualties on
Cathrine ☯
Aug 30, 2015 Cathrine ☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating well balanced account of how just a few months with native Americans could so drastically alter childrens lives forever. The author’s many times great uncle was an Indian captive and like many of the others taken did not wish to return to his family. Why? The stories profiled attempt to answer that question. Once rescued and returned many of the captives spoke well of their treatment and lifestyle and disparagingly of the army when recounting their experience to relatives and friends ...more
Anthony Whitt
Dec 09, 2013 Anthony Whitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and an interesting read. The author's narrative flows in an easy reading manner that will keep the readers attention from beginning to end. Zesch is from the area of the abductions and does a thorough job of describing the sometimes brutal attacks on the settlers from that time period. His knowledge of the Texas Hill Country and kinship with his pioneer ancestors add a unique personal perspective to his story. The final work is well worth the read and sheds light on the trag ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This non-fiction reads like a history book. It's clear writing and thorough research. But it is so fact-filled in the who, what, where, how, & why that the scope of people (numbers alone) in far flung spheres of location (huge expanses of the American Plains to Southern fringes of Texas) becomes a dry and difficult read.

Most of the prime and most documented to voiced experience cases were in the period 1840-80, with the most highlighted in most detail for 5 or 6 cases during and in the deca
Phillip Elliott
Oct 04, 2012 Phillip Elliott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a small amount of American Indian blood in my history. I never read or studied anything in my life until the last few years, when my curiosity started to drive me to study the plight of the American Indians for a while. I have read a number of books trying to understand a bigger picture of what the end must have looked like for the American Indian’s living on the open plains of the west. After reading about Cynthia Anne Parker I had to read more about the children who were captured and ra ...more
Scott Zesch is a relative of Adolf Korn, a well-known Indian captive of the 1870s. Korn's captivity and the subsequent efforts to bring him back to his family excited much comment at the time. What is less well-known is that Korn never adjusted to white life after being an Indian. He became a hermit, living in a cave above the Llano River. The Captured is Zech's effort to make sense of great-uncle Adolph's experiences. Zesch compares the stories of many Texan child-captives, detailing Indian rai ...more
The stories of six boys and two girls who were kidnapped (in separate incidents) by Indians (Comanche and Apache) from their homes in the hill country of Texas during the 1860's. The events surrounding their capture are shocking and disturbing because of their brutality. Yet, on the other hand, the lives these children led after being assimilated into their new families and tribes were exciting, adventuresome, and fulfilling to such a degree that they all suffered greatly upon being forced back ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Reiden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Captured is similar to Empire of the Summer Moon, but tells the accounts of several captured children instead of one single story. This book was well written and does a great job at recreating the atmosphere of life in Texas during the mid 1800’s. It was hard to know who to feel sorry for at times: the parents of the kidnapped children, or the children who were then forced to return to their biological families. Most of captives wanted nothing more than to remain with the Indians who they so ...more
Steven Howes
Jul 29, 2011 Steven Howes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the age of 12, the author's great uncle Adolph Korn was abducted by Commanche Indians in Texas on January 1, 1870 and eventually returned to his family approximately three years later. After hearing stories about his uncle's capture, his life among the Indians, and his difficult life following his return to white society, the author researched his uncle's life story and those of eight other children abducted by Indians. Even though the durations of captivity ranged from about 6 months to over ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Jed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! About white kids, mostly children of German settlers, in Texas, who were kidnapped by Indians in the 1860's & 1870's. Almost all these kids, once returned to their families, viewed their time with the Indians, whether a few months or a number of years, as the best of their lives. And that view continued into adulthood. And they had that view even when the raid in which they were kidnapped resulted in the torture & death of their family members.

And that view is understandabl
Wow. This was very hard to read. Tragic on so many levels.

American Indians as a way of life stole children from neighboring tribes. They experienced a high mortality rate among their own people for various reasons, and used kidnapping as a way to replenish their numbers. When non-Indians moved into the Indians territory, the Indians continued their means of building up their numbers and kidnapped White, Mexican, and Negro children. For the parents to try to retrieve those children was something
Feb 15, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a recently published and well researched history of children captured by Indians on the Texas Hill Country frontier during the 1860s to 1870s. Violence marked a backdrop to the times, the American Civil War pulled the US Army to the east and caused the closing of the Texas line of western defensive forts. So, once again tribal people roamed freely in Texas from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande. But at the war’s end, given the violent kidnapping and other actions, the forts were reoccupied ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I didn't love Paulette Jiles' book The Color of Lightening, but what I found so fascinating was learning that many of the children(and some adults as well) abducted during the mid eighteen hundreds by Indians in the Texas hill country did not want to be returned to their white families. And most of those that were either ran away back to their Indian families, died young, or lead a isolated lonely life. It was truly heartbreaking. I was so intruiged with this that I looked at the bibliography in ...more
May 27, 2016 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this on our first local vacation to Bandera, Texas, and was fascinated by this chapter in Texas history. Really appreciated that the author, a relative of one of the children abducted, worked hard to understand the Native American side and the impact of new settlers on their existence. A balanced, insightful, and well-researched read.
Mark Masters
Jun 24, 2011 Mark Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
I initially picked this book as supplement for the book, “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History”, by S.C. Gwynne. I read that book in 2010, and it left me eager to learn more about the Indians in the southwest and their interactions with Texas settlers. This book was not only a good follow-up to that book, but it stood on its own as “good read.”
Scott Zesch’s “The Captured...” book differs from the “Emp
♥ Sandi
Sep 14, 2015 ♥ Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well researched story of the 1800's. This novel covers 8 children abducted by Indians in Texas and their plight back to their white families. 15 pages of actual pictures - both abducted children and Indian chiefs. This is written by the grandson of the sister of one of the abducted children - many times removed. It not only tells of the children's lives - both before and after the abduction, but also of their family circumstances and death.

This book was very fact based - hidden well in a strong
Jul 25, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched account of a some very jarring cultural collisions. The Comanches are fascinating to read about.
Doris Raines
Apr 14, 2016 Doris Raines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This. Is. A. Great. Book. But. Sad. Story. Great. Capture. Ending. The. Boy. Was. Captured. At. The. End.
Aug 06, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great synthesis of a variety of sources into an easily readable and enjoyable account of the captivity of 5 "white indians". Very personal at times. Enlightening and perhaps provocative contrast of parenting behaviors of German settlers and Native Americans. One of the best I've read describing Native American culture and behavior. Perhaps more interesting to me because I had great aunts and uncles born in Oklahoma Indian Territory while the main players in this account were still alive. Easy re ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Lisa-Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. I feel like I have spent years riding the plains of America on horseback. The author’s uncle, Adolph Korn, was captured by Apaches in 1870 while herding sheep with his twin brother on the Texas Frontier. He was 10 years old. He lived with the Indians for several years, then was forcibly returned to his family. But he was “Indianized” and couldn’t adjust back to white man’s ways. The story has so many dimensions. I loved the family history aspect, ...more
While wandering about Gooch Cemetery in Mason, Texas, author Scott Zesch stumbled across a temporary grave marker. It simply read: Adolph Korn – 1895, no date of birth, only the year of death. The name caught Zesch’s attention and he began to recall stories about his great-uncle, Adolph Korn, who at the age of 10 was captured by Apaches and later sold to the Comanche.

The stories and family documentation of Korn’s capture were filled with gaps and inconsistencies. Zesch decided to undertake the
May 22, 2016 Kavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2008 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thouroughly enjoyed reading this book about children captured by Indians in the 1860/70's in Texas. The author was motivated to research and write this book upon discovering one of his relatives had been an Indian captive. Good insights into the Indian lifestyle at a time when it was being changed forever, and the difficulties these captives faced upon return to their families and "civilization".
I have read 2 books on Indian captivity. This is an interesting read and I would recommend to anyone that has a interest in the subject or a interest in American history or American Indians.
Aug 01, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of the children captured by the Indians. Primarily because they liked it so much, reluctant to return home. Good follow-on to Sam gwynne's book about the Comanches.
Jul 21, 2015 Fanny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I often wondered what happened with people kidnapped by Indians and this graphically details the abductions, and often grisly murders, of frontier folk. What is really surprising is how easily children would adapt to their new life with the Indians. Becoming special members of the tribe, loved and taught how to live independently. Many times they had changed so drastically that they didn't want to return to their old lives! I suspect that is perhaps because in those d ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Kitchengrrl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great history of Indian captives in the late 1870s in Texas. I learned a lot about the whys of this practice, plus ineresting insights into the captives' lives.
May 26, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting slice of Americana we seldom hear about.
Jan 16, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story written for the general reader. It appears to be well researched, but it treats the stories told by "the captured," sometimes years after the events, as "facts." Occasionally he describes things his characters were seeing as if he had been there. A description of Palo Duro Canyon for instance. He his clearly describing something he saw in the present. He mentions the probability that they suffered what we now call PTSD and perhaps "Stockholm Syndrome" but the vividness of hi ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Marci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Zesch (native Texan) began writing "The Captured" after finding the lonely grave of one of his reclusive and little-known relatives. His great-great-Uncle Adolph Korn had been kidnapped as a youth by Indians, but Zesch knew little of the details surrounding this incident.
Zesch expanded his research and found more information on other children that were captured by the indians and raised for varying lenghts of time with the tribes. The book focuses on 9 that children. Some were captured in
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