The Custer Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Life of George Armstrong Custer and the Plains Indian Wars

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Few figures in American history inspire more interest than the enigmatic George Armstrong Custer. From his early service in the Civil War to his later years fighting Indians on the frontier, Custer's image has been indelibly imprinted on the pages of American history. His last stand at the Little Bighorn has been retold over and over and remains one of the most infamous stories of the American West. Author and historian Thom Hatch has scoured the historical record to prepare this exhaustive compendium of ...
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Few figures in American history inspire more interest than the enigmatic George Armstrong Custer. From his early service in the Civil War to his later years fighting Indians on the frontier, Custer's image has been indelibly imprinted on the pages of American history. His last stand at the Little Bighorn has been retold over and over and remains one of the most infamous stories of the American West. Author and historian Thom Hatch has scoured the historical record to prepare this exhaustive compendium of information of and relating to Custer. It will, he believes, come to be known as "the classic reference source" for the enigmatic cavalryman.
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This book does exactly what its title claims: it assists both readers and researchers in sorting through the mass of material on Custer. Each chapter contains an overview of a particular stage of Custer's vivid life, followed by specific articles, biographical sidebars, maps, cavalry organization tables, and photographs. Each article and sidebar is accompanied by a bibliography of the most relevant books, articles, and archival collections. In this respect, it is a much different work from Custer hobbyist Hatch's earlier encyclopedia, Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, although both draw on the same body of literature. Here, Hatch concentrates on Custer's post-Civil War career on the Plains, as a more than adequate number of reference works on the Civil War are available. But even so, he is selective in what he covers because his purpose is not to define but to guide. He is careful to include military forts, Native American tribes, and their leaders, and he covers the various controversies about the Battle of the Little Bighorn. All special collections on Custer will need this book as a reliable and impartial guide to the subject and literature, and it is also highly recommended for most public and academic libraries.-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811704779
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Thom Hatch is the author of numerous other works on Custer, including Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn: An Encyclopedia and Clashes of Cavalry: The Civil War Careers of George Armstrong Custer and J. E. B. Stuart (0-8117-0356-8).
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Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii
Introduction xiv
Chapter 1 Early Life
Overview 1
Sidebars
Custer Biographies 5
Epilogue 8
Biographies
Margaret Emma "Maggie" Custer Calhoun (sister) 2
Boston "Bos" Custer (brother) 4
Emanuel Henry Custer (father) 5
Maria Ward Kirkpatrick Custer (mother) 7
Nevin Johnson "Nev" Custer (brother) 9
Thomas Ward Custer (brother) 10
Harry Armstrong "Autie" Reed (nephew) 11
Lydia Ann Kirkpatrick Reed (half-sister) 12
Chapter 2 The Civil War
Overview 13
Sidebars
Custer's Oath of Temperance and Religious Conversion 19
Custer's Promotion to Brigadier General 20
Custer's Uniform 22
Custer's Promotion to Brigadier General in Jeopardy 23
The Custers' Courtship and Marriage 25
Custer and Confederate Friends 27
The Surrender Flag Controversy 30
Sheridan's Presentation of the Surrender Table to Libbie Custer 32
Epilogue 32
Biographies
Elizabeth Clift Bacon "Libbie" Custer 14
Maj. Gen. Hugh Judson "Kilcavalry" Kilpatrick 20
Maj. Gen. George Brinton McClellan 22
Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton 24
Maj. Gen. Thomas Lafayette Rosser 26
Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan 29
Chapter 3 On the Plains
Overview 35
Sidebars
Table of Organization and Distribution of the 7th Cavalry for the Hancock Expedition of 1867 42
Major Hostile Indian Tribes on the Great Plains 43
The Initiation of Warfare between the Plains Indians and the U.S. Army 49
The 7th U.S. Cavalry 52
Military Forts on the Central and Southern Plains 55
The Kansas Pacific Railway 62
Custer's Mad Dash across Kansas 63
The Medicine Lodge Treaties 65
Wild Bill's Showdown with Tom Custer 67
Red Cloud's War 68
Custer's Literary Career 69
Epilogue 72
Biographies
Dr. Isaac Taylor Coates 36
William Averill Comstock 38
1st Lt. William Winer Cooke 40
Maj. Wickliffe Cooper 42
Theodore Russell Davis 43
Maj. Joel H. Elliott 45
Maj. Alfred Gibbs 46
Capt. Louis McLane Hamilton 47
Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock 49
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok 50
Kicking Bird (Kiowa) 53
2nd Lt. Lyman Stockwell Kidder 54
Little Raven (Southern Arapaho) 57
Pawnee Killer (Oglala Sioux) 58
Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux Chieftain) 59
Roman Nose (Southern Cheyenne) 61
Satanta (Kiowa) 62
Gen. William Tecumseh "Cump" Sherman 63
Col. Andrew Jackson Smith 65
Sir Henry Morton Stanley 65
Tall Bull (Southern Cheyenne) 67
Capt. Thomas Benton Weir 68
Capt. Robert M. West 70
Edward Wanshear Wynkoop 71
Chapter 4 The Winter Campaign of 1868-69
Overview 75
Sidebars
Table of Organization and Casualty Report of the 7th Cavalry at the Washita Battle 81
Total War 83
Indian Captives Clara Blinn and Her Son 84
Indian Casualties at the Washita Battle 86
Public Reaction to the Washita Battle 88
The Joel Elliott Controversy 90
Custer and Mo-nah-se-tah 92
The 19th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry 94
The Rescue at Sweetwater Creek 96
The Battle of Beecher Island 98
Buffalo Soldiers 99
The Battle of Summit Springs 101
Benteen's Battlefield Duel 103
The Sand Creek Massacre 104
The Stevens Lode Mine 105
The Russian Grand Duke's Buffalo Hunt 107
Epilogue 108
Biographies
Capt. Albert Barnitz 76
1st Lt. Frederick H. Beecher 78
1st Lt. James Montgomery Bell 80
Capt. Frederick William Benteen 81
Black Kettle (Southern Cheyenne) 85
Maj. Eugene Asa Carr 87
Ben Clark 88
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody 89
Maj. George Alexander "Sandy" Forsyth 92
Capt. Owen Hale 93
Col. William Babcock Hazen 94
Dr. Henry Lippincott 98
Little Robe (Southern Cheyenne) 99
Lone Wolf (Kiowa) 100
Moses Embree "California Joe" Milner 101
Capt. Edward Myers 102
Frank Joshua North 103
Lt. Col. Alfred Sully 105
Capt. William Thompson 108
Chapter 5 The Yellowstone Expedition
Overview 111
Sidebars
Table of Organization of the 7th Cavalry for the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873 118
The Northern Pacific Railroad 119
The Northern Boundary Survey 121
Regimental Battle Song "Garry Owen" 123
The Buffalo: A Four-Legged Commissary 125
Who Were Those Sioux That Attacked Custer? 128
The Arrest and Revenge of Rain-in-the-Face 129
Custer, the Sportsman 132
The Custer-Hazen Feud 135
Epilogue 138
Biographies
Augustus "Gus" Baliran 112
Bloody Knife (Arikara-Sioux) 114
2nd Lt. Charles Braden 116
Pvt. John W. Burkman 117
1st Lt. Frederick S. Calhoun 118
1st Lt. James "Jimmy" (or "Jimmi") Calhoun 120
Capt. Thomas Henry "Tucker" French 121
Lt. Col. Frederick Dent Grant 123
Frank Grouard 125
Dr. John Honsinger 128
2nd Lt. Charles William Larned 129
Capt. Myles Moylan 130
Rain-in-the-Face (Hunkpapa Sioux) 132
Col. David Sloan Stanley 135
Col. Samuel Davis Sturgis 137
Capt. George Wilhelmus Mancius Yates 139
Chapter 6 Into the Black Hills
Overview 141
Sidebars
Table of Organization of the 7th Cavalry for the Black Hills Expedition of 1874 149
President Grant's Indian Policy 150
The Lakota Sioux and the Black Hills 152
The Seven Principal Lakota Sioux Bands 154
The Journal of Pvt. Theodore Ewert 155
The Benteen Base Ball Club 157
The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and the Black Hills Expedition 158
Military Forts on the Northern Plains 161
The Midnight Ride of Charley Reynolds 169
Custer and the Belknap Hearings 171
Epilogue 173
Biographies
Brig. Gen. George Crook 142
A. B. Donaldson 147
George Bird Grinnell 149
William H. Illingworth 151
William Ludlow 152
Luther Heddon North 156
Charles Alexander Reynolds 157
Spotted Tail (Brule Sioux) 162
Brig. Gen. Alfred Howe Terry 165
Maj. Joseph Greene Tilford 169
Newton Horace Winchell 171
Chapter 7 Custer's Last Stand
Overview 177
Sidebars
Table of Organization and Casualty Report of the 7th Cavalry for the Little Bighorn Campaign 187
Prelude to Little Bighorn: The Powder River and Rosebud Engagements 189
Reno's Powder River Scout 192
Weapons Carried by the Cavalrymen 195
Malfunction Allegations Concerning the Springfield Carbine 196
Weapons Carried by the Indians 198
Indian Strength and Casualties 200
Battlefield Terrain Features 202
Custer's Battle Plan 205
Did Custer Disobey Orders? 208
Should Custer Have Separated His Command? 211
Readiness of the Cavalrymen 213
The Bravest Man the Sioux Ever Fought 217
Biographies
Minton "Mitch" Bouyer 178
Crazy Horse (Oglala-Brule Sioux) 180
Dr. James Madison DeWolf 188
Isaiah Dorman 189
Gall (Hunkpapa Sioux) 191
Col. John Gibbon 195
Frederic Francis Girard 197
2nd Lt. Henry Moore Harrington 198
2nd Lt. Benjamin Hubert Hodgson 200
Sgt. Daniel Alexander Kanipe 201
Marcus Henry "Mark" Kellogg 203
Capt. Myles Walter Keogh 205
Dr. George Edwin Lord 208
1st Lt. Donald "Tosh" McIntosh 209
Pvt. John Martin 210
1st Lt. James Ezekiel Porter 212
2nd Lt. William Van Wyck Reilly 213
Maj. Marcus Albert Reno 213
Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Sioux) 217
1st Lt. Algernon Emory "Fresh" Smith 220
2nd Lt. James Garland "Jack" Sturgis 220
Two Moons (Northern Cheyenne) 221
2nd Lt. Charles Albert Varnum 222
Wooden Leg (Northern Cheyenne) 223
Chapter 8 The Reno-Benteen Hilltop Fight
Overview 225
Sidebars
Interment and Reinterment of Little Bighorn Dead 232
Mutilation of the Dead Cavalrymen 235
Grant Marsh and the Far West 237
Comanche 238
Medals of Honor Awarded 241
The Enlisted Men's Petition 242
The Conduct of Maj. Marcus A. Reno on the Hilltop 245
First News of Custer's Defeat 247
Indian Scouts Accompanying the 7th Cavalry 249
Alleged Survivors of the Battle 251
Would Gatling Guns Have Saved Custer? 253
George Armstrong Custer for President? 254
Biographies
Black Elk (Oglala Sioux) 226
1st Lt. James Howard Bradley 228
Maj. James Sanks Brisbin 229
2nd Lt. John Jordan Crittenden 230
Curly (Crow) 231
1st Lt. Charles Camilius DeRudio 232
2nd Lt. Winfield Scott Edgerly 235
1st Lt. Francis Marion Gibson 237
1st Lt. Edward Settle Godfrey 238
Pvt. Theodore W. Goldin 241
2nd Lt. Luther Rector Hare 242
George B. Herendeen 244
Pvt. William "Billy" Jackson 245
Capt. Thomas Mower McDougall 246
1st Lt. Edward Gustave Mathey 249
1st Lt. Henry James Nowlan 251
Dr. Henry Rinaldo Porter 252
2nd Lt. George David "Nick" Wallace 253
Chapter 9 After Little Bighorn
Overview 257
Sidebars
The Reno Court of Inquiry 266
Establishment of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument 268
Archaeological Excavations of Little Bighorn Battlefield 270
Historical Interest Groups 271
Biographies
Big Foot (Minniconjou Sioux) 258
Dull Knife (Northern Cheyenne) 259
Col. James William Forsyth 260
Chief Joseph (Nez Perce) 261
Little Wolf (Northern Cheyenne) 263
Col. Ranald Slidell Mackenzie 264
Col. Wesley Merritt 265
Brig. Gen. Nelson Appleton Miles 266
Capt. Anson Mills 268
Index 272
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