Archaeology, History and Custer's Last Battle

Archaeology, History and Custer's Last Battle

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by Richard A. Fox
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806129980

ISBN-13: 9780806129983

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

On the afternoon of June 25, 1867, an overwhelming force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians quickly mounted a savage onslaught against General George Armstrong Custer’s battalion, driving the doomed troopers of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry to a small hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River, where Custer and his men bravely erected their heroic last stand.

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Overview

On the afternoon of June 25, 1867, an overwhelming force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians quickly mounted a savage onslaught against General George Armstrong Custer’s battalion, driving the doomed troopers of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry to a small hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River, where Custer and his men bravely erected their heroic last stand.

So goes the myth of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a myth perpetuated and reinforced for over 100 years. In truth, however, "Custer’s Last Stand" was neither the last of the fighting nor a stand.

Using innovative and standard archaeological techniques, combined with historical documents and Indian eyewitness accounts, Richard Allan Fox, Jr. vividly replays this battle in astonishing detail. Through bullets, spent cartridges, and other material data, Fox identifies combat positions and tracks soldiers and Indians across the Battlefield. Guided by the history beneath our feet, and listening to the previously ignored Indian testimonies, Fox reveals scenes of panic and collapse and, ultimately, a story of the Custer battle quite different from the fatalistic versions of history. According to the author, the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry entered the fray in good order, following planned strategies and displaying tactical stability. It was the sudden disintegration of this cohesion that caused the troopers’ defeat. The end came quickly, unexpectedly, and largely amid terror and disarray. Archaeological evidences show that there was no determined fighting and little firearm resistance. The last soldiers to be killed had rushed from Custer Hill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806129983
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
290,106
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures,
Foreword, by W. Raymond Wood,
Preface,
Part One. Opening,
1. Introduction,
2. Archaeology and Objectives,
3. About This Book,
4. Glances Forward and Back,
Part Two. Archaeology,
5. Models, Methods, and Patterns,
6. Fieldwork, Burials, and Distributions,
7. Custer Battlefield Archaeology,
Part Three. History and Archaeology,
8. Prelude,
9. The Calhoun Episode,
10. The Keogh Episode,
11. The Cemetery Ridge Episode,
12. The Custer Hill Episode,
13. The South Skirmish Line Episode,
Part Four. Defeat: Causes and Factors,
14. Prefatory and Immediate Causes,
15. Contributing Factors,
Part Five. Fate, Blame, and Strategy,
16. Fate versus Choice,
17. Fixing Blame,
18. Strategy,
19. The Whereabouts of Custer,
Part Six. Closing,
20. Conclusions,
Notes,
References Cited,
Index,

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Archaeology, History and Custer's Last Battle 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Foot by foot analysis of the Custer battlefield via the archaeology evidence. An impressive effort. I can't fathom why this book previously received two one-star reviews. Detailed graphics. The footnotes are more interesting than the whole contents of other books on this subject.
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