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Old 03-18-2004, 08:02 PM
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Back from work and jees no comment on today. Anyways I was wondering if anyone could recomend any good books on Custer. I put it in the civil war section cause he started out there. If not any other newer reads you picked up and could recomend.
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:15 PM
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what prospective our side or the indians?
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Im open for any side. I am not one for the sugar coated goody goody history. Although it is nice sometimes
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:45 PM
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Go to amazon and check out the Terry johnston books about the indian wars he has alot of insite on custer from both sides and he was not well liked by either. sort of an arrigant a$$ hole
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Default A good Custer book...

...at least in my opinion, is SON OF THE MORNING STAR by Evan S. Connell.

Lots of perspective of both sides.
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Old 03-18-2004, 10:26 PM
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Custer in the Civil War worked his way up from LT to Brig. Gen. Quite feat for anyone. He graduated from West Point in 1861.
Was a general officer by June 1863. Given the honoray rank of Major General of the Volunteers at the end of the Civil War. By all accounts was an outstanding cavalry officer. He was daring, and brave. His men would have followed him anywhere.

However, his one big failure: Cocky and Arrogant. Felt he was capable of getting by with just about anything, and he did until the Sioux caught up with him.

The kind of guy you love to hate and hate to love. Very interesting study.

Books: Son of the Morning - Connell

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Default Another...

... if you like reading that's a little more technical:

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN by Fox, Conner, et al.

It's a forensic analysis of the digs done at the site in 1984-85.

Ballistic analysis of the bullets and cartridge cases uncovers not only the numbers and types of firearms, but helps track the movement of different weapons over the battlefield.

Forensic analysis of human remains found clears up a lot of the mysteries of how the soldiers died, the contadicting number of tombstones vs. number of soldiers killed, and results in the positive identification of at least one of Custer's people.
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Old 03-18-2004, 10:35 PM
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Talking I guess great minds agree!

I see that my buddy rigger recommended the same book. We must have been posting at about the same time.

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custers brother Tom had two CMH's
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I have a friend, a Crow woman, who lives just north of Crow Agency, MT, and has worked with the Park Service as a ranger guide on the battlefield a long time...

It was she who recommended, SON OF THE MORNING STAR to me, and I was glad she did.

Have not yet, but very much want to read the forensic analysis too.

Years ago, her husband, Pretty Elk, invited me to have a sweat with him... about 200 yards from their home, right within ten feet of the Little Big Horn... quite an experience in several important ways... especially the part where we ran out into that cold cold river after the sweat everything dangling and flopping around and then squinching up REAL quick
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