Canadians with Custer

Overview

There were 17 Canadians present when Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer made his last stand in the battle at Little Bighorn River in 1876. Some had served in the Civil War, some were close friends or admirers of Custer, and some were mercenaries who just wanted a job with adventure.

William Winer Cooke, the scion of two prominent wealthy families in Upper Canada, became Custer's right-hand man. Mark Kellogg, a Canadian-American, was a journalist who joined the expedition...

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Overview

There were 17 Canadians present when Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer made his last stand in the battle at Little Bighorn River in 1876. Some had served in the Civil War, some were close friends or admirers of Custer, and some were mercenaries who just wanted a job with adventure.

William Winer Cooke, the scion of two prominent wealthy families in Upper Canada, became Custer's right-hand man. Mark Kellogg, a Canadian-American, was a journalist who joined the expedition by chance and documented the adventure in newspaper articles sent back east. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were among the leaders of the Sioux and Cheyenne nations' victorious warriors in this desperate attempt to save their lands from the white invasion.

Canadians with Custer tells the stories of the Canadians who joined the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army and provides new information on Custer's fatal battle.

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Country Roads magazine

“Thomas’s painstaking analysis and in-depth research help paint vivid descriptions of the Canadians who fought with Custer. The challenges of living on the American frontier and life in the military are presented in sometimes stark detail. As the book builds to the climax of the battle at Little Big Horn, the action moves quickly.”

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"Thomas's painstaking analysis and in-depth research help paint vivid descriptions of the Canadians who fought with Custer. The challenges of living on the American frontier and life in the military are presented in sometimes stark detail. As the book builds to the climax of the battle at Little Big Horn, the action moves quickly."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459704077
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,099,230
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Thomas is a journalist and broadcaster. Her broadcasting career has taken her to Bosnia, Honduras, South Korea, and Canada's High Arctic. She has taught part-time at Loyalist College and has written for newspapers, including Toronto's Telegram. Mary Thomas is the author of three previous non-fiction books. She lives in Belleville, Ontario.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements   /   1

Prologue   /   3

1. Seventh Cavalry, June, 1867   /   6
2. George Armstrong Custer   /   15
3. Custer’s Court Martial   /   18
4. Court Martial Continued   /   30
5. William Winer Cooke   /   42
6. Donald McIntosh   /   49
7. Battle of Washita   /   56
8. The Aftermath   /   68
9. Cooke and Custer   /   80
10. More Canadians Sign Up   /   90
11. Northern Pacific Railway   /   97
12. Seventh Cavalry Heads Northwest   /   106
13. The McIntosh Household   /   115
14. The Indians and the Black Hills   /   118
15. A New Assignment   /   130
16. Seventh Cavalry and the Black Hills   /   137
17. McIntosh Goes South   /   142
18. More Canadians Sign Up   /   147
19. The Hodgson Incident   /   157
20. The Black Hills Strategy   /   161
21. Journalist Mark Kellogg   /   168
22. The March West   /   175
23. Heading to Little Bighorn   /   185
24. Custer Splits His Command   /   189
25. Attack on the Indian Village   /   193
26. Battle of Little Bighorn   /   202
27. Custer’s Last Stand   /   210
28. General Terry to the Rescue   /   216
29. Burying the Bodies   /   220
30. Fate of the Canadians   /   227
31. Epilogue   /   232
End Notes   /   240
Bibliography   /   248

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