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Baptiste Pourier

 

(July 16 1843 - September 17, 1928)

 

Born in Missouri, Baptiste left home on an expedition at the age of 15 to trade with the indians. It was this early contact that molded one of the great scouts/guides/interpreters of the day. During these trading trips, Baptiste met Red Cloud. Their friendship endured until Red Cloud's death.

 

Baptiste was called 'Big Bat' to distinguish him from Baptiste Garnier, another scout for the military.

 

Big Bat participated in the Hayfield Fight, the Rosebud fight with George Crook and was one of Sibley's scouts. Later, he served at Ft Laramie as an interpreter.

 

Big Bat was known as being second to none in his scouting abilities and being straightforward and honest is all of his dealings.

 

Baptist Pourier is buried in the Red Cloud Cemetery west of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

 

 

Information compiled by Steve Grimm

Drawing by Richard Florence

 

Books About Baptiste Pourier

 

"Big Bat" Pourier by Hila Gilbert

 

The only biography I have seen on Big Bat. A pamphlet format, it is a fine book relating many first hand experiences. Information from the book includes documented sources and memories from descendants of Big Bat. There are, also, some photos not previously published (or at least I have never seen them).

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