Post by Diane Merkel on Aug 8, 2016 14:39:34 GMT -5
When I was at the battlefield in June, I was very pleased to see Betty and Sandy Barnard (and many others, of course!). Sandy has a new book out that sounds worthy of our attention, especially if you liked Where Custer Fell.
An excerpt from Photographing Custer’s Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen:
As a photographer, Roahen stands among a long line of renowned and lesser known men and women who have aimed their cameras at features on the battlefield and captured on film further evidence that students of the fight could consider in determining why Custer’s command fell on June 25, 1876.
It is a good book. I bought it from Sandy at the LBHA conference in Rapid City. Personally, I would use it as a companion to Where Custer Fell. It plugs in some of the holes and as is usually the way with Sandy, quite well done.
I promised myself I would not spend a lot of money on books this year. That, of course, was delusional.
I wound up buying a first edition, third printing of Connell's Son of the Morning Star, in hardcover of course... I already had the paperback, but I have always wanted it in hardcover and passed it up one time in some discount store. The one I bought at the LBHA conference, I got for $1. Nobody bought it at auction. How cool is that?
Then I bought Sandy's book. I also bought Dr. Lawrence Frost's The Custer Album. Found it in a great used bookstore in Billings. It's even signed to Gordon from George... whoever the heck those guys are. It is the only thing I have from Frost and I figured I should have something from him.
Then I really hit the jackpot. Louise Barnett and her husband were at the conference, so I ran downtown and bought the paperback edition of her Touched by Fire, which I had never read. She was kind enough to autograph it for me. I began reading it... a superb book and so far, middle of the road as far as objectivity: she has not fallen in love with her subject, but treats him quite fairly. I hope it continues: I am only in page 80. I also got Fougera's With Custer's Cavalry, another of those I have wanted over the years.
So-o-o... a decent haul. Maybe the best, however, was Tom Tubman's extremely gracious offer allowing me to keep his copy of French MacLean's Custer's Best. It cost me a few beers, but worth every glassful. In fact, I intend to double and even triple the beer buying for Tom. It is the least I can do for a damn good friend and a damn fine man.
Thank, you Fred, there are others who would disagree. I consumed a fair amount of beer. Thank you. Regarding our conversation, about my conversation with the Cheyenne, there are an additional 28 markers around Two Moon's marker in Busby. Apparently they are from Dull Knife's last fight in January of 1879. I don't have a clue if there any remains there. They are mostly women and children.