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Archaeology, History, and Custer's Last Battle: The Little Big Horn Reexamined
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Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publication date September 1, 1997
Pages 411
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780806129983
ISBN-10 0806129980
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Other format details university press
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On the afternoon of June 25, 1867, an overwhelming force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians quickly mounted a savage onslaught against General George Armstrong Custer’s battalion, driving the doomed troopers of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry to a small hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River, where Custer and his men bravely erected their heroic last stand.

So goes the myth of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a myth perpetuated and reinforced for over 100 years. In truth, however, "Custer’s Last Stand" was neither the last of the fighting nor a stand.

Using innovative and standard archaeological techniques, combined with historical documents and Indian eyewitness accounts, Richard Allan Fox, Jr. vividly replays this battle in astonishing detail. Through bullets, spent cartridges, and other material data, Fox identifies combat positions and tracks soldiers and Indians across the Battlefield. Guided by the history beneath our feet, and listening to the previously ignored Indian testimonies, Fox reveals scenes of panic and collapse and, ultimately, a story of the Custer battle quite different from the fatalistic versions of history. According to the author, the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry entered the fray in good order, following planned strategies and displaying tactical stability. It was the sudden disintegration of this cohesion that caused the troopers’ defeat. The end came quickly, unexpectedly, and largely amid terror and disarray. Archaeological evidences show that there was no determined fighting and little firearm resistance. The last soldiers to be killed had rushed from Custer Hill.



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Hardcover
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from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (April 1, 1993)
9780806124964 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $32.95
About: Reconstructs the battle using archaeological techniques
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Reprint edition from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (September 1, 1997)
9780806129983 | details & prices | 411 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $24.95
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