No one survived in Custer's immediate command, but other soldiers fighting in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25-26, 1876, were doomed to remember the nightmarish scene for decades after. Their true and terrible stories are included in "Troopers with Custer"." Some of the veterans who corresponded with E. A. Brininstool were still alive ...Read MoreNo one survived in Custer's immediate command, but other soldiers fighting in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25-26, 1876, were doomed to remember the nightmarish scene for decades after. Their true and terrible stories are included in "Troopers with Custer"." Some of the veterans who corresponded with E. A. Brininstool were still alive when his book first appeared in a shortened version in 1925. It has long been recognized as classic Custeriana. More incisively than many later writers, Brininstool considers the causes of Custer's defeat and questions the alleged cowardice of Major Marcus A. Reno. His exciting reenactment of the Battle of the Little Big Horn sets up the reader for a series of turns by its stars and supporting and bit players. Besides the boy general with the golden locks, they include Captain Frederick W. Benteen, the scouts Lieutenant Charles A. Varnum and "Lonesome Charley" Reynolds, the trumpeter John Martin, officers and troopers in the ranks who miraculously escaped death, the only surviving surgeon and the captain of the steamboat that carried the wounded away, the newspaperman who spread the news to the world, and many others.Read Less
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Good. 0803261012 Good+. 1 inch repaired tear at top edge of back cover. Spine creased. Binding tight, pages crisp and clean with no writing. 4 dog eared pages. Back cover lifts a bit. Covers bright and glossy with some light scuffs and dents. Minimal tip wear at corners. Ships via Media Mail within 2 business days.
E.A. Brininstool was one of the first serious researchers into the Battle of the Little Bighorn and interviewed numerous participants of the battle, Indian and soldier alike. First published in 1952 the book is still a must for any serious student of the battle and a good starting point for any Custer/Little Bighorn library. Very insightful.
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