Still a child when she was abducted and her family slaughtered before her eyes, Abbie Gardner survived her captivity and wrote one of the most compelling accounts of the Indian-captive genre. Though she never quite fully recovered from her ordeal, she later married and was adept at turning her story into a way to support her family. It’s Abbie that we have to thank for the fact that her family’s cabin still stands near Spirit Lake today.

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