The March East Oct 30, 2023 13:29:37 GMT -6
Post by herosrest on Oct 30, 2023 13:29:37 GMT -6
On Jul 10, 2013, $5,100 were paid for John Gibbon's annotated working copies of two articles on the Battle of Little Big Horn and the Pursuit of Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull. his is two printed articles in 63 pages with over one hundred corrections, his initialed signature at closing and numerous tipped-in hand drawn sketches. It seems Gibbon was proofing the articles for inclusion to a further work relating his experiences on the Plains.
The articles are a must read for serious battle buffs and even more so for those with absolutely no interests in the battle whatever, but feel the call to bless and cross anything which ain't nailed down. Testing..... testing! 'One. Two. Thuree.... four..... five thousand one hundred bucks! More than fought Custer........
So, this affair 9The battle) had many fulcrums around which the fates and gods of war woke fate and fortune. If you thought, perhaps, I should have used 'spun' - I thought it too droll, even for the wonderfully scrumptious moi. Published within a year of the battle (I believe) in a religious periodical, the articles are notable for Gibbon's keen observations on the ground and historical militariness which is little detected or commeneted and even more so because it was Crook, that done it. Hence J.J. Reynolds carrer was terminated in a pillow fight of glories for an attack undertaken on the coldest days ever known to man on the Plains and probably not yet equaled. Poor old JJ, eh! Of course though, leaving your wounded behind to the absolute angers of those Cheyenne surviving destruction of their homes and belongings in the coldest winter on record; was unfortunate. There was no kindly disposition towards disabled men in blue that day.
There ya go. A lottle known part of the saga, from onr involved in it and its consequences. You have to wonder how Two Moons could be so well adjusted in later years to the destruction of his village. Previously, as a youngster, cavalry had killed his father on the Solomon's Forks where Jeb Stewart was seriously wounded. I wonder sometimes if was the Arikara 'Carries the Otter' who shot Custer's future nemesis that day 300 Cheyennes lined up to skirmish mounted, whilst Sumner went to the sabre......... Talk about surprised! You see, there was this medicine man type who convinced the men that his magic would render the army weapons impotent. They bought into it and deployed to wipe out the troops. For whatever sublime reason, the cavalry were ordered to charge with sabre and the Cheyennes stood very briefly before realising that the soldiers were not going to use their guns.
I may have linked the wrong article here.
I did, so....... two for the price of one.
Gibbon described the view towards Horizon Ridge from Reno's positions on the bluffs. He was very good with observation and getting it down on paper.