Indian Views of the Custer Fight: A Source Book

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A much-neglected source of first-hand views on the Battle of the Little Bighorn is presented in this third and final volume of Indian testimony collected by award-winning author Richard G. Hardorff.

Like its companion volumes, Lakota Recollections and Cheyenne Memories, Indian Views offers thirty-five interviews and statements from Indians who were eyewitnesses to the battle. Here is the story of the battle as told through the observations of twenty-nine Sioux and nine ...

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Overview

A much-neglected source of first-hand views on the Battle of the Little Bighorn is presented in this third and final volume of Indian testimony collected by award-winning author Richard G. Hardorff.

Like its companion volumes, Lakota Recollections and Cheyenne Memories, Indian Views offers thirty-five interviews and statements from Indians who were eyewitnesses to the battle. Here is the story of the battle as told through the observations of twenty-nine Sioux and nine Cheyennes, from the point at which the soldiers were first detected on their march toward the Indian settlement, to the bitter end, as the Indians packed up and moved their camps.

Interviews, narratives, and statements by Crazy Horse, Crow King, Two Moons, and Turning Hawk are only a few of the accounts given, extracted from letters, newspaper stories, Army reports, and manuscripts.

The prologue and epilogue contain the impressions of three Seventh Cavalry soldiers, while the appendix presents Walter M. Camp's analytical conclusions of General Terry's order to Custer. Their combined efforts resulted in a valuable contribution to the historiography of one of the most dramatic and controversial episodes in our military history.

Extensive notes provide in-depth analysis of sometimes conflicting statements regarding soldiers' identities, based on their clothing, positioning, and Indian accounts. Detailed background on the combatants is given as well as commentary on the number of Indian casualties in the fight. The eight maps which accompany these accounts illustrate the positions of fighters throughout the battle.

This collection of primary source material, originally obtained by Army personnel, newspaper correspondents, anthropologists, and historians, is a must for any scholar of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and an important addition to the literature leading to a better perspective of the events of the summer of 1876.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806136905
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard G. Hardorff is the author of numerous works on the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Custer, and the Plains Indians, including Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight and Custer and the Little Bighorn. He resides in Genoa, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : the Sergeant Charles White diary 15
The Dry Hide, Red Cloud, and Howling Eagle statement 23
The Little Buck Elk statement 29
The Crazy Horse interview 33
The Horned Horse statement 39
The White Bull, Brave Wolf, and Hump narrative 43
The Little Knife interview 53
The Hump interview 57
The Iron Thunder interview 61
The Low Dog interview 63
The Crow King interview 67
The Red Horse interview 71
The Brave Bear and Long Sioux statement 79
The Brave Bear narrative 81
The Thunder Bear narrative 87
The Charles Corn letters 93
The Yellow Nose interview 97
The Two Moons narrative 107
The Red Feather interview 117
The Old Bull statement 121
The Flying Hawk narrative 123
The Young Eagle statement 129
The Gray Whirlwind interview 131
The White Cow Walking interview 133
The One Bull interview 137
The Turning Hawk interview 143
The White Hair On Face statement 147
The White Bull interview 149
The Shoots Walking statement 167
The Paul Noisy statement 171
The Little Soldier interview 173
The One Bull statement 179
The Holy Face Bear statement 181
The Little Voice statement 183
The Mary Crawler statement 185
The Eagle Bear interview 187
Epilogue : the George W. Glenn narrative 191
Epilogue : the August L. DeVoto narrative 203
App. A General Terry's letter of instructions 211
App. B Walter M. Camp's comments on Terry's instructions 213
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