The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

by James S Robbins


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The Real Custer takes a good hard look at the life and storied military career of George Armstrong Custer—from cutting his teeth at Bull Run in the Civil War, to his famous and untimely death at Little Bighorn in the Indian Wars.

Author James Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to prove himself again and again as an extremely skilled cavalry leader. Robbins argues that Custer's undoing was his bold and cocky attitude, which caused the Army's bloodiest defeat in the Indian Wars.

Robbins also dives into Custer’s personal life, exploring his letters and other personal documents to reveal who he was as a person, underneath the military leader. The Real Custer is an exciting and valuable contribution to the legend and history of Custer that will delight Custer fans as well as readers new to the legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573715
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 494
Sales rank: 494,814
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James S. Robbins is Deputy Editor of Rare and Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs on the American Foreign Policy Council. He is the award-winning former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times , an author, political commentator and professor, with an expertise in national security, and foreign and military affairs. He served as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His books include This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (2010) and Last in Their Class: Custer , Pickett and the Goats of West Point (2006). Robbins is also a political commentator and contributing editor for National Review Online.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 Beginnings

1 "My Voice Is for War!" 1

2 Custer the Goat 11

3 The Brotherhood Broken 27

Part 2 Custer Goes to War

4 "A Slim, Long-Haired Boy, Carelessly Dressed" 47

5 "I Promise That You Shall Hear of Me" 59

6 "Conspicuous Gallantry' 65

Part 3 The Boy General

7 Gettysburg 77

8 The "Daring, Terrible Demon" of Battle 89

9 The Buckland Races 99

10 The Dahlgren Affair 111

11 Little Phil 125

12 Into the Valley 139

13 "Let the Sword Decide the Contest" 153

14 Custer's Counterinsurgency 165

15 "Custer Is a Trump" 179

16 "Fighting like a Viking" 187

17 "Custer against the World" 195

18 "Like the Charge of a Sioux Chieftain" 211

Part 4 Fall from Grace

19 The "Long-Haired Hero of the Lash" 223

20 The "Swing around the Circle" 239

21 Court-Martial 255

Part 5 Redemption

22 Washita 275

23 Custer on the Plains 297

24 The Great Buffalo Hunt 311

25 Battle on the Yellowstone 323

Part 6 The Final Act

26 Custer's Gulch 337

27 Grant's Revenge 353

28 "Don't Be Greedy" 369

29 A Ridge Too Far 379

30 "He Will Never Fight Anymore" 391

Conclusion 405

A Note on Sources 419

Notes 421

Index 483

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The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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The author provides a very insight to Custer and eliminate some myth's about him. His life, the civil war, his personal personnel life and the famous last stand give him more meaning as a person, war hero. Indian fighter and husband. I really enjoyed the history and events around his life.