Hi Guys. The sun is shining here in my corner of England and the 142nd anniversary of THE BATTLE is next Monday so I thought for a lark would you guys like to compile your own top 10 list of LBH books.
On this 22nd, 142 years worth of days ago, I wonder where on the initial march (from Rosebud - RB - ), the 7th Cavalry actually were. Time study would probably help with this but alas, no-one is really interested because it offers absolutely no way to absolve Mac Reno of his sins. They covered some 11-13 miles according to various sources and went into camp. Custer may have written a letter and written orders to have Reno courtmartialled. We will never know.
The best work done on the battle is that of Jack Pennington - Custer, Curley, Curtis: An Expanded View of the Battle of the Little Big Horn
Here's my list and starter for ten - The first item is extant.
.1. Legacy: New Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn Charles E. Rankin Montana Historical Society, 1996
.2. Britton of the Seventh by Cyrus Townsend Brady
.3. Indian Fights: New Facts on Seven Encounters by J. W. Vaughn
.4. Reno and Apsaalooka Survive Custer by Ottie W. Reno
.5. An Obituary for Major Reno by Richard S. Wheeler
.6. Faint the Trumpet Sounds: The Life and Trial of Major Reno by John Upton Terrell, George H. Walton
.7. The Custer Fight; Capt. Benteen’s Story Of The Battle by Captain Frederick W. Benteen, E. A. Brininstool
.8. A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn: James DeWolf's Diary and Letters, 1876 by James Madison DeWolf
.9. Case of Marcus A. Reno, by Barry C. Johnson
10. Custer, Curley, Curtis: An Expanded View of the Battle of the Little Big Horn
I guess you could add THIS if it was a book. It isn't though. enjoy............
I just discovered this post from patterson rand 5 years ago - 'You don't know dick about Custer. Go read about his Civil War record. He had balls the size of New Jersey and his men followed him into hell on dozens of suicidal missions. Their luck just finally ran out.'
Old School- Anything by Col. W.A. Graham Thomas Marquis, about Wooden Leg Varied, info complete RCOI Camp's, interviews Mary Liberty. John Stands in Timber work
Best of new stuff - Wagner's "Participants in the Battle of the Battle of the Little Bighorn" nice companion/resource Michno "Lakota Noon" Donahue "Drawing Battle Lines" Works by Scott & Fox regarding Archaeology Viola "Little Bighorn Remembered" Godfrey's Galaxy articles 1892&1896 Jerry Green's "Evidence and the Custer Enigma" French L. MacLean " Custer's Best The Story of Company M 7th Cavalry ay The Little Bighorn" Frederick Wagner III's Strategy of Defeat
The above is in no particular order and there is obviously much more out there. Liddic, Hardorff, Army/Navy Journal info on the LBH and etc. I realize you only asked for 10 and I just got Donahue' new book.
Hi Chaps Thanks for getting involved with this thread. My 10 (in no particular order of merit or preference are (a) for the indian accounts etc 1. The Custer Myth 2,3 any two of Hardorffs' Indian collection of narratives by the Lakota and Cheyenne. (b) For books on Custer 4. Glory Hunter 5. The Custer Reader by Hutton and 6. My Life on the Plains by the man himself. For the battle itself I would recommend 2 books that should be read concurrently 7. Custers Last Campaign by Gray and 8. Lakota Noon by Michno. At 9. Archaeology, History and Custer's Last Battle: Little Bighorn Reexamined by Fox, Richard A. In at 10. The Transcript of the Reno Court of Inquiry by Hunt which relies heavily on Nichols. Unlike Grahams account it is a transcript an not an abstract.