Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight: A Source Book

Overview

Only six Cheyenne Indians (but thirty-two Sioux) died in the fighting at the Little Bighorn River that wiped out the command of General George Custer. Brave Wolf, the son of the prophet Old Brave Wolf, later recalled the courage of the doomed men in the Seventh Cavalry. He was at the scene on that bloodiest of Sundays in the summer of 1876.

Brave Wolf and twelve other members of his tribe tell what happened in Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight, compiled and edited by ...

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Overview

Only six Cheyenne Indians (but thirty-two Sioux) died in the fighting at the Little Bighorn River that wiped out the command of General George Custer. Brave Wolf, the son of the prophet Old Brave Wolf, later recalled the courage of the doomed men in the Seventh Cavalry. He was at the scene on that bloodiest of Sundays in the summer of 1876.

Brave Wolf and twelve other members of his tribe tell what happened in Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight, compiled and edited by Richard G. Hardorff. Between 1895 and 1908 naturalist George Bird Grinnell talked with Brave Wolf, American Horse, and other combatants at the Little Bighorn. Researcher Walter Mason Camp sought out Tall Bull, Bull Hump, and Little Wolf, whose voices are added to these pages. Casting light on events is the skilled Cheyenne interpreter Long Forehead, also known as Willis Rowland. Tribal historian John Stands in Timber, who gathered material from Cheyenne elders, describes the movements of Custer and his soldiers. Hamlin Garland’s interview with Two Moons recreates the noise and dust and smoke and frenzied confusion at the Little Bighorn.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273115
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 799,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard G. Hardorff compiled and edited the companion volume Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight, also a Bison Book. Robert Wooster is chair of the Department of Humanities at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. His Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Army and The Military and United States Indian Policy 1865–1903 are both available as Bison Books.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 11
The Grinnell Interviews
George Bird Grinnell 23
The American Horse Interview, 1895 25
The Brave Wolf Interview, 1895 33
The White Bull Interview, 1895 37
The Soldier Wolf Interview, 1898 41
The Tall Bull Interview, 1898 45
The White Shield Interview, 1908 49
The Little Hawk Interview, 1908 61
The John Two Moons Interview, 1908 65
The Camp Interviews
Walter Mason Camp 71
The Tall Bull Interview, 1910 73
The White Bull Interview, 1910 79
The Bull Hump and White Bird Interview, 1912 83
The Little Wolf Interview, 1918 89
Interviews with Two Moons
Hamlin Garland's Interview, 1898 95
J.M. Thralls' Interview, 1901 107
The Harness Gazette Interview, 1901 115
Camp's Copy of Throssel's Interview, 1907 123
Joseph K. Dixon's Interview, 1909 129
Miscellaneous Interviews
The Long Forehead or Willis Rowland Interview, 1927 137
The Big Beaver Interview, 1928 145
The Young Two Moons Interview, 1929 151
The John Stands in Timber Interview, 1956 165
Bibliography 177
Index 183
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