El Crab, my young friend, if you haven't picked up Dee Brown's "Fetterman Massacre" yet, you ought to. That along with "The Bloody Bozeman" are great books to really get your blood boiling, or maybe your interest, I should say, in all the happenings along the Bozeman Trail. I think you know that Ft. Phil Kearny and the fights that took place along the Bozeman actually interest me as much as or--forgive me, folks--than the LBH. Another nice little book is "The Wagon Box Fight" by Jerry Keenan. He updated it in about 2002 after there were metal-detecting searches around the field there for casings, shells, arrowheads, etc. At the Bozeman Trail/Ft. Phil Kearny Days in abgout 2002 I think it was, Jerry took us on a field trip to the Wagon Box with his grid maps and showed us where different findings were made regarding arrowheads, casings, etc. were found. Really cool.
Agree with "Fetterman Massacre" and the "Bloody Bozeman" . . . both filled with info other than the main battle(s). "Wagon Box Fight" also another winner. There are so many events that need to be looked at that lead to the LBH. It is vitally important to understand why so much happened prior to the battle. Not just the events . . . but the people on both sides! The characters are what really gets me interested.
When you read about these events & characters you start to see so many tie-ins and relations among the sides you have to wonder why all the terrible things could not be avoided . . . but again you can see why they occurred.
El Crab, my young friend, if you haven't picked up Dee Brown's "Fetterman Massacre" yet, you ought to. That along with "The Bloody Bozeman" are great books to really get your blood boiling, or maybe your interest, I should say, in all the happenings along the Bozeman Trail.
The Bloody Bozeman.
I did pick this title up at a Reno library a year ago, and burned through it. It was a great, great read.
Oh, and I've updated my list. Its sad, really, that I haven't been buying more books on the subject. But I have been reading a lot and buying books of the related and non-related variety.
Anyone read Absaraka:Home of the Crows by Margaret Carrington? I was thinking that looks interesting. I've already read the Dee Brown and Keenan books.
...4 years later and I hope you've read it by now
I've got that amongst my collection and I absolutely love the book. Thank goodness people like Mrs Carrington kept diaries for us to be enthralled by today. However, I'm not sure I like her that much on a personal level, but I like her descriptions of the scenery, all the way along the Nebraska trail, crossing the Platte river... not to mention her first hand experience of life at the Fort and the dealings with Indians....
I think any student of the period should have this book really.
Another favourite of mine is 'My Captivity Among The Sioux' by Mrs Fanny Kelly. She and her small party of emigrants were caught out near the North Platte in 1864. She was abducted and taken by a war party to the large Indian camp then at Killdeer Mountain. She witnessed that battle from within the camp and spent 6 months held hostage.
She later got compensated for her losses out of the Indian annuity funds agreed by Red Cloud.
I obviously felt sorry for her and her trials and tribulations are fascinating to read, but again I don't think I liked her that much. The word 'savage' is on nearly every page and she certainly had no time for 'inveterate rebels' of the Civil War period, but as her young daughter was killed by the Indians, it's understandable she had little sympathies with them.
I have an original of this book, hardback published 1872, which I picked up from a little bookstore somewhere along the Yellowstone River, on the way to Ft Union I think, can't remember where. Cost me 100 dollars at the time .
If you want to read some great descriptive work you should get Marc Abrams' book, "Crying For Scalps." It is the complete St. George Stanley work for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, on the initial phases of the Crook column's journey before the Rosebud fight. Marc compiled and edited the whole thing and did a beautiful job of it. It's a small, hardcover edition, and inexpensive to boot.
The book comes with the illustrations that appeared in Leslie's newspaper... and is just an absolute delight to read. Really great stuff!
I forgot, sorry. I knew you were from England... although, as I think about it, that should make little or no difference. Abrams self-publishes on "lulu.com." This is his ordering address and it is all quite legitimate:
Thanks! Though I feel its not nearly as expansive and impressive as it should be. I tend to buy books in spurts. My lovely fiancee gets a 100 dollar credit to the U of Nevada bookstore every semester, and she was gracious enough to let me go to town with it this time. She bought one book and some supplies, and I got True Grit and Breaks of the Game (about the post-Walton, post-championship Portland Trail Blazers). Plus I still have McCarthy's The Orchard Keeper to read from Christmas.
And while I haven't been getting that many Custer/LBH books recently as in years past, I have gotten a lot of books in a lot of genres. Now I feel its time to start looking to increase my LBH collection.
To think, I passed on a first edition of Whittaker's A Complete Life for one of my Christmas gifts from said fiancee. I opted for an amazing fossilized tooth from a Carcharadon (or is it Carcharocles?) Megaladon. Which, for those who aren't Matt Hooper, was likely a supersized Great White Shark. That and a rather nice NIKE rainsuit for playing golf in inclement weather. But more importantly, it'll finally keep me warm and cozy when I work outside at the golf course.
But that book should still be where I found it, waiting for perhaps my birthday.
What I really need to do is win the lottery, I think I'd set aside tens of thousands for books and easily spend it within days.
Like all of you, our father was a collector of rare, interesting and often signed first editions of Little Big Horn and military history books. Now that he has gone blind, we are hoping find good homes for some of his books. Below is a list of his collection or you can visit his website www.littlebighornbooks.com. If you are interested in any. If you don't see one of these on the website, since it is still in progress, just drop us a note.
King, Charles Indian Campaigns Mills, Charles K. Rosters From 7th U.S. Calvary Campaigns 1866 - 1896 Bradford, Ned Battles and Leaders of the Civil War McDonough & Jones War so Terrible: Sherman & Atlanta Finerty, John F. War-Path and Bivouac Mattes, Merrill J. Indians, Infants & Infantry Utley, Robert M. Life in Custer's Calvary Utley, Robert M. The Indian Frontier of the American West 1846-1890 Herr & Wallace The Story of the U.S. Calvary 1775 - 1942 Catton, Bruce Grant Takes Command Gray, John S. Custer's Last Campaign Greene, Jerome A. Slim Buttes, 1876 An Episode of the Great Sioux War Graham, W. A. The Story of the Little Big Horn Kuhlman, Charles Legend into HIstory: The Custer Mystery Utley, Robert M. The Last Days of the Sioux Nation Vaughn, J.W. The Reynolds Campaign on Powder River Carroll, John M. General Custer and the Battle of the Washita Darling, Roger Benteen's Scout Willert, James The Little Big Horn Diary--set Willert, James After Little Big Horn Rosters--set Du Bois, Charles G. The Custer Mystery Hammer, Kenneth Biographies of the 7th Calvary Merington, Marguerite The Custer Story Utley, Robert M. The Reno Court of Inquiry Carroll, J. M. Custer and Texas Pohanka, Brian C. Nelson A. Miles: A Documentary Biography Gray, John S. Centenial Campaign Connell, Evan S. Sun of the Morning Star Terrell & Walton Faint the Trumpet Sounds Magnum, Neil C. Battle of the Rosebude Prelude to the Big Horn Miles, Charles K. Harvest of Barren Regrets (Benteen) Utley, Robert M. Cavalier in Buckskin Utley, Robert M. Custer and the Great Controversy Urwin, Gregory J. W. Custer Victorious Graham, W. A. The Reno Court of Inquiry Vaughn, J.W. With Crook at the Rosebud Weibert, Henry 66 Years in Custer's Shadow Ellison, Douglas W. Sole Survivor King, Charles Campaigning with Crook Frost, Lawrence A. The Custer Album Frost, Lawrence A. The Custer Album 1964 Chandler, Melbourne Of Garryowen and Glory Carroll, J. M. General Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn Dustin, Fred The Custer Tragedy with Corrections Graham, W. A. The Custer Myth Carroll & Price Roll Call on the Little Big Horn: June 28, 1876 Clark, George M. Scalp Dance: The Edgerly Papers Asay, Karol Gray Head and Long Hair Stewart, Edgar I. Custer's Luck Long, E. B. The Civil War Day by Day Marquis, Thomas Custer, Calvary and Crows Schmitt, Martin F. General George Crook: His Autobiography Hutton, Paul A. Phil Sheridan and His Army Frost, Lawrence A. The Court Martial of General George Armstrong Custer Frost, Lawrence A. Custer Legends Bradley, James, H. The March of the Montana Column Frazier & Hunt I Fought with Custer Monaghan, Jay Custer: The LIfe of General George Armstrong Custer Custer, G. A. My LIfe on the Plains Custer, Elizabeth Boots & Saddles Adjunctant General's Office Actions with Indians Rawls, Walton Great Civil War Heroes & Their Battles Catton, Bruce Civil War Urwin, Gregory The United States Calvary: An Illustrated History Millet, Allan R. Semper Fidelis: History of USMC--McMillian Set Weigley, Russell F. History of the U. S. Army--McMillian Series Utley, Robert. M Frontiersman in Blue--McMillian Series Set Utley, Robert M. Frontier Regulars--McMillian Series Set Alberts, Don E. Brandy Station to Manila Bay Sherman, W. T. Personal Memoirs of W. T. Sherman---Vol I & 2 Sheridan, P. H. Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan--Vol I & 2 Grant, U. S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant--Vol I & II
Added With Custer's Cavalry by Katherine Gibson Fougera today. A used bookstore I frequent has monthly warehouse sales. Everything in the warehouse area of their store is 99 cents, and on the last day you get whatever you can fit in a grocery bag for 4.99 per bag.