In Custer's Shadow: Major Marcus Reno

Overview

During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, five entire companies of the 7th Cavalry, including their leader, George Armstrong Custer, were lost. For years the shadow of blame for the defeat has been cast upon Custer. What role did his subordinates play in the battle? Did they contribute to the Custer failure, or was he the only one to blame?

In Custer’s Shadow presents the complex life of Major Marcus Reno, Custer’s second-in-command. Employing photographs and maps to help the ...

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Overview

During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, five entire companies of the 7th Cavalry, including their leader, George Armstrong Custer, were lost. For years the shadow of blame for the defeat has been cast upon Custer. What role did his subordinates play in the battle? Did they contribute to the Custer failure, or was he the only one to blame?

In Custer’s Shadow presents the complex life of Major Marcus Reno, Custer’s second-in-command. Employing photographs and maps to help the reader visualize the text, Ronald H. Nichols unravels the controversy surrounding Reno’s role in the battle and questions the scrutiny to which he was subjected in the years following.

 


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132815
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,020,726
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald H. Nichols devoted almost twenty years to researching the life of Major Marcus Reno. He is editor of Reno Court of Inquiry.

Brian C. Pohanka, who passed away as this book went to press, was a military historian and author of several books. He also was senior researcher, writer, and adviser for Time-Life Books, television documentaries, and feature films.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Preface
Introduction
Prologue
1. Growing Up in Southern Illinois
2. Long Gray Line
3. First Duty
4. "The Late Unpleasantry Between the States"
5. West Point, New Orleans, and Oregon
6. Joining the 7th Cavalry
7. The Army, The Klan, and the Guns of '76
8. Escort Commander & Personal Tragedy
9. To the Little Big Horn
10. Into the Valley
11. Hilltop Fight
12. Return to Fort Lincoln
13. Turbulent Times
14. Accusations & the Court of Inquiry
15. Fort Meade
16. Quest for Reinstatement
17. Honor Restored
Postscript: Robert Ross Reno
Appendices
A. Reno's Military Career
B. Terry's Instructions to Custer
C. Casualties in Valley & Hilltop Fights
D. Reno's July 5, 1876 Report
Index

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