A comprehensive guide to the life and campaigns of george armstrong custer and the plains indian wars paperback by. From the pulitzer prize and national book award winner, a brilliant new biography of gen. Elliot takes a different tack on the history of general custer in custerology. In his remarks, he focused on custers early life during the u. New book on custer in the civil war released charge. Dec 02, 2012 and he seems to have brought along every artifact to his latest book, custer, a brief, breezy tour of the man and the conflict, complete with an astonishing variety of photographs and. The enduring legacy of the indian wars and george armstrong custer. Custer draws together these elements in a succinct and accessible read. New study debunks tales of mass suicide at custers last. A marine corps vietnam veteran and a historian who specializes in the american west, the civil war, and native american conflicts, hatch has received the. It also examines his tenure and position with the seventh cavalry. George armstrong custer is once again brought to life in this saberrattling, hoof pounding saga of the. She is the great great granddaughter of general george armstrong custer and monahsetah, the daughter of cheyenne chief little rock, of the washita. George armstrong custer that radically changes our view of the man.
Longacre 2018, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. Skeletal analysis of troops at the battle of the little bighorn suggests a very different outcome. Paxson spent his 20 years of research wisely, as his custer is lancefree in his 1899 oil custers last stand. The civil war adventures of george armstrong custer and the custer companion. James donovan is the author of the bestselling books the blood of heroes. He wrote a 30page essay on billy the kid, then went on to custer and the little bighorn. His study focuses on the plethora of books, articles, films and commemorative activities that continue to spring up around custer s greasy grass. A look at 2 colt model 1861 revolvers owned by colonel custer both of the barrels are still in.
This book is a compilation of letters written by custer and his wife, elizabeth. When rocky mountain college history professor tim lehman decided to include the potentially controversial statement that george armstrong custer had a son with a cheyenne woman whom custer called monahseetah meotzi in his book, bloodshed at little bighorn, sitting bull, custer, and the destinies of nations, it wasnt put in to create controversy. Custer book by larry mcmurtry official publisher page. See more ideas about george custer, battle of little bighorn and george armstrong. List of books and articles about george custer online. A new book describes how general custer s reckless ego led his men to needless deaths the traditional story has the dashing, goldenhaired, buckskinwearing custer bravely making his last stand, but the truth could be somewhat different. A novel about george armstrong custer and the indians of the plains. This is a fascinating treatise, with a grand photograph of custer at the front of the book. Crazy facts you never knew about custers last stand. After 10 years of archaeological and historical investigations, a team of american academics has concluded that the 210strong battalion commanded by general custer in fact, he was only a lt. Steve inskeep talks with stiles about his new book, custer s trials, on george armstrong custer. Custer and the little bighorn the last great battle of the american west. Elizabeth b custer s featured books general custer in kansas and.
The theme of the book is not so much new historical information but the depth of his character development and lesserknown influences of his life. Custer, sitting bull, and the battle of the little bighorn by nathaniel philbrick, a terrible g. A terrible glory custer and the little bighorn the last great battle of the american west is a very informative fast moving detailed book. Life of general george custer first edition george a custer. Custers tactics, which included surprise attacks on sleeping villages, are tainted with charges of atrocity. Thick octavo, original publishers giltembossed green cloth. He worked closely with general mcclellan and the future general. Archaeology, history, and custer s last battle fox is essential reading prior to visiting lbh.
Stiles biography of cornelius vanderbilt earned the national book award and pulitzer prize. Custers heroic image collapses under investigation. There is so much more to george armstrong custer than his last stand. Tom custer was reading when he was killed at the little big horn. Custer, also known as the legend of custer, is a 17episode militarywestern television series which ran on abc from september 6 to december 27, 1967, with wayne maunder in the starring role of then lieutenant colonel george armstrong custer. George armstrong custer during the tumultuous war years. Even more so than the civil war, custer is best known for losing the batlle of the little bighorn, where he and his troops were massacred by sitting bull. The truth about george armstrong custer cowboys and indians. The first question one is likely to ask when considering yet another biography of the ubiquitous george armstrong custer is, why. Along with the vital statistics of the illfated general s lif. If you want to understand how custers character became his fate, then stiless book is the one to read before any other. In june 1876 the seventh cavalry, led by the flamboyant general george armstrong custer, was vastly outnumbered in what was then. The day struggle for the alamo and the sacrifice that forged a nation and a terrible glory.
He was almost finished and promised to loan it to another officer, also killed on june 25, 1876. Thom hatch is the author of nine previous books, including glorious war. He was about seven years younger than libby custer, who lived in new york city at the time of her death in. The book features extensive portraits of the battles participants, including general george armstrong custer, sitting bull, major marcus reno, captain frederick benteen, crazy horse, and others. Dec 26, 2018 at custers last stand, in june 1876, the u. Custer s first assignment was helping major general winfield s. Libbie custer was at ease in both the field and the halls of power in washington, d. This work explores the life and death of george armstrong custer at the little big horn. George armstrong custer, from the time he enters west point military academy through the. During separations enforced by the military, lieutenant general george a.
New york times subscribers enjoy full access to timesmachineview over 150 years of new york times journalism, as it originally appeared. Check out these new books that have been added to the collection. The end of a myth, the beginning of a legend by john koster, custer myth by w. At the end of the campaign, custer deserted and joined his. The little bighorn duly noted, a book recalls george custers brash, colorful life. Connell writes of general george armstrong custer in his book son of the morning star. Immediately after high school he enrolled in west point, where he utterly failed to. Allen, if you want deep analysis, you might want to look at john s. His boss general terry doesnt like his methods or his long blond hair, but he manages to keep fighting the sioux the series ends the year.
Army was outnumbered and overwhelmed by native american warriors, along the banks of the little bighorn river. An engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in american history. Libbie custers literary love affair with her late husband. She spent most of their marriage in relatively close proximity to him despite his numerous military campaigns in the american civil war and subsequent postings on the great plains as a commanding officer. It is a magisterial portrait of a complicated, misunderstood man that not only irrevocably changes our long. Most of the letters contained in the book are missives that husband and wife wrote to each other. The last stand is philbricks monumental reappraisal of the epochal clash at the little bighorn in 1876 that gave. After the war, george reverted from his wartime rank of major general to his regular army rank of lieutenant colonel, although he did receive a brevet honorary promotion to major general which allowed him to wear the uniform and. Custer and the little big horn is a nonfiction account of the battle of the little bighorn on june 25, 1876, by novelist evan s. Stiles is widely available in bookstores, on, and through the authors website from the. With imagination as well as judgment, he tells the story with wellchosen details taken from reliable sources. The book is based on archaeology, eyewitness testimony and donahues 45 years of research about custer. A marine corps vietnam veteran and a historian who specializes in the american west, the civil war, and native american conflicts, hatch has received the prestigious spur award from the western writers of america for his previous work. Custer fought in the civil war at the first battle of bull run, distinguished himself as a member of general mcclellans staff in the peninsular campaign, and was made a brigadier general of volunteers in june, 1863.
The genius of this book is in showing us custer, warts and all, beginning to end. The book chronicles the four indian battles fought by general custer from the battle on the washita river to his final battle at the little bighorn. Boots and saddles, life with general custer in dakota, tenting on the plains, or general custer in kansas and texas and following the guidon. Book on general custer is surprise best seller the. Taylor depicted her riding sidesaddle with the general near winchester, va. May 11, 2018 crazy facts you never knew about custers last stand ranging from george custers buckskins to tom custers battlefield book. The book is comprehensive and covers custer from his early days as a boy and for a short time, school teacher in the midwest through west point, the civil war, his days in kansas and finally his famous and final battle at little big horn. Book takes historical and holistic look at custer tex. His survival of the little big horn is a mere footnote with nothing that would make sense to any historian. It is not the book you want if all you care about is little big horn. They died with their boots on is a 1941 blackandwhite american western film from warner bros. An account of custer and his last stand by nathaniel philbrick. The sioux war of 1876 university of oklahoma press, 1899, and follow it up by reading grays custer s last campaign.
The indian fights of george armstrong custer, in 2018. Its among the most famous and controversial battles ever fought on american soil. George custer occupation general birth date december 5, 1839 death date june 25, 1876 education u. Members of the cagb who wish to obtain a copy of the latest book can place an order with the secretary of the cagb, kevin galvin. The last stand by nathaniel philbrick the new york times. Mitch boyer and the little big horn reconstructed university of nebraska press, 1991. Princess monahsetah, the concealed wife of general custer, is a riveting book written by gail custer. Jun 07, 2019 custers first assignment was helping major general winfield s. A comprehensive guide to the life of george armstrong custer and the plains indians wars. The best book yet written about custer and the full significance of his career. Stiles is widely available in bookstores, on amazon. Custer is an expansive, agile, and cleareyed reassessment of the iconic generals life and legacyhow the legend was born, the ways in which it evolved, what it has meanttold against the broad sweep of the american narrative.
Books and other publications on general george armstrong custer. The custer in this book is disappointing and the plot is outlandish, to say the least. George armstrong custer december 5, 1839 june 25, 1876 was a united states army officer and cavalry commander in the american civil war and the american indian wars custer graduated from west point in 1861 at the bottom of his class, but as the civil war was just starting, trained officers were in immediate demand. It brings the reader as close to the real man as any book is likely ever to do. April 8, 1842 april 4, 1933 was an american author and public speaker, and the wife of brevet major general george armstrong custer, united states army. Custer and his wife, elizabeth, corresponded about the civil war, the perils of frontier. George armstrong custer, 183976, american army officer, b. The truth about george armstrong custer cowboys and. The personal letters of general custer and his wife elizabeth bacon tell dramatically of the civil war, the perils of frontiers life, and the amazing political chicanery that led to custer s tragic end at the little big horn in 1876. Jun 28, 2019 george custer was an american commander and brevet general who fought in the american civil war and was killed at little bighorn against sitting bull in custer s last stand. But stiles correctly notes that custer did what other commanders also did.
His first book drawing battle linesthe map testimony of custer s last fight was published in 2008 and his latest book where the rivers ran red. Civil war service custer fought in the civil war at the first battle of bull run, distinguished himself as a member of general mcclellans staff in the peninsular campaign, and was made a brigadier general of volunteers in june, 1863. Kenneth roahens photography is a significant record, and sandy barnards presentation and assessment of it make photographing custers battlefield rich, enlightening, and thoroughly rewarding. New study debunks tales of mass suicide at custer s last stand. Hancock carry out a shockandawe campaign to overwhelm the indians. Custer rare books, western americana, books, old maps. The book custers trials talks about everything in his life but not much about his last stand.
Based on a careful study of this new scholarship and my recent work with james ersfeld, john doerner, and melana stichman on a national park service mapping project at the battlefield, i believe the conventional interpretation of custer s movements is deeply flawed and that, in fact, custer retained the offensive throughout the battle. Custers trials examines the legacy of a complicated. After reading the book i was amazed at the detail of information from both sides of the battle. During the american civil war, custer had risen to the rank of major general, the youngest in the union army. Stiles the comedian dick gregory once pointed out, we used to root for the indians against the cavalry, because we didnt think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the indians won it was a massacre. Feb, 1985 even now, after a hundred years, his name alone will start an argument, evan s. If you are looking for an alternate timeline historical novel, this is not it. Custer s wife, elizabeth, who had accompanied him in many of his frontier expeditions, did much to advance this view with the publication of several books about her late husband. George armstrong custer and the western military frontier despite the numerous works on custer, this thoroughly researched and riveting book is new. Sherman or philip sheridan, george armstrong custer emerged from the american civil war as one of the most recognized and celebrated men in the united states. During the civil war, he was nicknamed the boy general after he was promoted to brigadier general on june 29, 1863, at age 23. This biography easily overshadows its many predecessors, offering new facts and interpretations as well as a wonderful read. In 1868, after the civil war, custer takes charge of a mix of exconfederates and criminals, the 7th cavalry regiment at fort hays, kansas.
American fiction a novel crafted from custers last stand books. Book on general custer is surprise best seller the new york. And he seems to have brought along every artifact to his latest book, custer, a brief, breezy tour of the man and the conflict, complete with an astonishing variety of photographs and. Yes, there are books out there that cover his life in the civil war more in depth or that deal with little big horn more but for those new to custer and want a good overview of the man in one volume, this is perfect. Winner of both the national book award and the pulitzer prize for. The life of general george armstrong custer by jay. Canadian colleague george kush reports mark twain and charles dudley warners 1873 novel the gilded age was the book capt. New to the custer collection january 2017 monroe county. Deserves a medal of honor for extraordinary service in the great cause of making history live. Fine first edition of the first authoritative biography of custer, 1876 custer, george a whittaker, frederick. Connell originally envisioned a book of essays about the frontier. If anyone could make a reader forget custer s last stand, at least for a few hundred pages at a time, it would be t. All together, this is much the best of many custer books. Book on general custer is surprise best seller the new.
Illustated with 28 engavings, this book by general custer s wife, starts with a 25 pp. The little bighorn since 1876 from extensive coverage of the back county to custer hill and beyond, with many stops in. Elizabeth libbie custer, from her first book boots and saddles, on her life and adventures with her husband. A look at 2 colt model 1861 revolvers owned by colonel custer. This book is a masterpiece, derived from the memories of monahsetah. A new book describes how general custer s reckless ego led his men to needless deaths.191 808 1206 570 5 770 1012 1172 637 135 259 327 267 1317 1113 756 1431 146 209 1001 677 282 276 669 991 194 167 75 972 1148 69 465 1657 1357 904 1106 20 613 844 746 175 791 141 994