The Last Stand - TelegraphThe battle, which resulted in the defeat of U. The U. Five of the 7th Cavalry's twelve companies were annihilated and Custer was killed, as were two of his brothers, a nephew and a brother-in-law. The total U. Public response to the Great Sioux War varied in the immediate aftermath of the battle. Libbie Custer , Custer's widow, soon worked to burnish her husband's memory, and during the following decades Custer and his troops came to be considered iconic, even heroic, figures in American history. The battle, and Custer's actions in particular, have been studied extensively by historians.
The Last Stand
Welcome sign in sign up. You can enter multiple addresses separated by commas to send the article to a group; to send to recipients individually, enter just one address at a time. Most of the drawings were made on paper taken from ledger books found at military and trading posts or taken from soldiers and civilians killed in the fighting that ended as the buffalo-hunting tribes were confined to reservations by Beginning in the s, when the actor Vincent Price obtained a now-famous ledger book in La Jolla, California, ledger drawings began to be appreciated as art, first, and later for what they revealed about Plains Indian culture, religion and society. McLaughlin identifies six artists, largely from the distinctive style of each in portraying details of horse and human anatomy—noses of men and the feet of horses, for example. Artist B, she suggests, is the Minneconjou war leader High Backbone, killed in a fight with Shoshone in
He stands forever on that dusty Montana slope. Custer stands forever between the covers of countless books as well, from the dime fiction of the 's to scholarly tomes today, which makes it the more surprising that Mr. Connell's contribution to Little Bighorn literature has become a best seller and a critical success. There is also a story of personal vindication behind ''Son of the Morning Star. And Mr. Connell, a soft-spoken man with skin as leathery as the flight jackets he favors, has suddenly achieved a vogue. From until ''Son of the Morning Star,'' he wrote 13 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, often getting admiring reviews but rarely making much money.
Incorporating the voices of Native Americans, soldiers, scouts, and women, Tim Lehman's concise, compelling narrative will forever change the way we think about this familiar event in American history. What was supposed to be a large-scale military operation to force U. By the end of the fight, the Sioux and Cheyenne had killed Custer and of his men. The victory fueled hopes of freedom and encouraged further resistance among the Native Americans. For the U. This briskly paced, vivid account puts the battle's details and characters into a rich historical context.
I've read some of the older books on Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but there has been several new books on the subject in the last few years. I haven't read Philbrick's book, but his Mayflower was excellent. This has some good buzz on the Little Big Horn Facebook.
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn has long held an eminent position among the chronicles of the mythic West. Brust, Brian C.
Look Inside. Remember Little Bighorn, maintains the momentum of this award-winning National Geographic series, which continues to set new standards in nonfiction history books for middle-grade students. Author Paul Robert Walker draws on scores of eyewitness accounts of the Battle of the Little Bighorn from Indians, soldiers, and scouts, measuring their testimony against the archaeological evidence to separate fact from fiction. From this wide kaleidoscope of testimony, the author focuses his narrative into an objective and balanced account of one of the most contentious chapters of American history. Readers first learn about events preceding the fighting, including the discovery of gold on Indian land in the Black Hills, the refusal by Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and other Indian leaders to obey a government order to live on the Great Sioux Reservation, and the subsequent battle in Rosebud Valley. Readers learn how Sioux rations were cut off until native claims to the Black Hills and Montana hunting grounds were renounced. In the finest National Geographic tradition, the book illuminates this controversial period in American history with extensive use of primary sources.