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Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Fight (HC)

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Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Fight Remembered by Participants at the Tenth Anniversary June 25, 1886 and the Fiftieth Anniversary June 25, 1926 Volume VI Battle of the Little Big Horn Series By Richard Upton 219 Pages, hardcover with illustrated dust jacket

Book Review:
Upton, Richard Ed. The Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Fight: Remembered by Participants at the Tenth Anniversary June 25, 1886 and the Fiftieth Anniversary June 25, 1926. Battle of the Little Big Horn Series, Vol. 6. California: Upton & Sons, Pubs. 2006.

The Battle of the Little Big Horn is unique to American history in that an entire contingent of American soldiers perished, the truth of their movements and motivations with them. Through the examination of survivors' observations and Indian accounts, the actual events of June 25, 1876, can be pieced together. In The Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Fight: Remembered by Participants at the Tenth Anniversary June 25, 1886 and the Fiftieth Anniversary June 25, 1926, Richard Upton has painstakingly compiled a rich collection of newspaper articles, photographs, letters, and first-person accounts pertaining to the Battle of the Little Big Horn and the people involved.

Upton's anthology is very distinct as it focuses on the Tenth and Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations instead of the Battle itself. By concentrating on these events, he presents a creative perspective on the battle as remembered through the eyes of the survivors. Upton's compilation includes never-before-published photographs from the Custer Battlefield Museum and Henry Carl Klenck collections, rosters of anniversary attendees, newspaper articles from the St. Paul Daily Globe, the New York Herald, and The Cavalry Journal, and even poems commemorating the Battle and its participants.

Within the pages of this book you'll find the actual first-hand accounts of Gen. E.S. Godfrey, Chief Gall, and Chief Sitting Bull. Read the documents from which myths and rumors concerning the Battle originated such as, "Did Custer defy orders" and "Why did Custer's body escaped mutilation". The theories of Custer's movements and death are addressed by men who were actually on the battlefield in 1876.

Photo essays of events and participants detail the Fiftieth Anniversary, and the interment of the Unknown Soldier is described by the people who witnessed the Burying of the Hatchet are important inclusions.

No other anthology presents the reader with as much information in such a unique fashion. It is perhaps the most complete collection of writings pertaining to the anniversaries of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in existence. Richard Upton's The Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Fight: Remembered by Participants at the Tenth Anniversary June 25, 1886 and the Fiftieth Anniversary June 25, 1926 is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the participants involved, and the unanswered questions that continue to puzzle historians today.

Lauren Hunley

$55.00