Engages the Hostiles
F. Bates; Charles F. Roe; Edward J. McClernand; George
D. Wallace; Charles King, et al
The Old Army Press, Fort Collins, Colorado, n.d. [no bibliography,
by G.C. Harper
exactly rare, but worth the effort to find a copy [used
about $30], this neat little compendium from Mike Koury
includes: Custer's Indian Battles by Bates; Custer's Last
Battle by Roe; March of the Montana Column by McClernand;
Wallace's Report; Comanche Still Lives from the Recruiting
News, 1926; The Fight on Custer Hill from the Cavalry
Journal, 1927; and a few other articles or excerpts. Several
of these items appear on Tal Luther's Custer High Spots.
narrative dates from 1936, is pro-Custer and aside from
errors in clock times gives a basic "standard version"
of the Little Bighorn Fight, as well as covering Custer's
early years on the plains, including Washita and its aftermath.
Roe, who led the Terry/Gibbon advance up the valley on
the 26th of June, gives an unbiased account of what he
saw and heard, and it is very illuminating. This story
first appeared in 1904, and was published in 1910.
was the official itinerist with Gibbon's command, and
his report is essential to an understanding of what Gibbon
did and didn't do [and when] on the campaign. His account
of the fight on Custer Hill, taken from the Cavalry Journal,
is based on what he saw there. Wallace's report of Custer's
march is, of course, another essential.
primary [and important] sources, many excellent maps,
both period and later [including Maguire's original],
and several seldom-seen photographs [including some 1886
Barry], this volume is a worthy addition to any Little
Bighorn/Custer library, and is highly recommended.
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