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The last days of George Armstrong Custer : the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by Thom Hatch

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The last days of George Armstrong Custer : the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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The last days of George Armstrong Custer
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the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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by Thom Hatch
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  • Most historians blame Custer for the 1876 massacre, but this energetic, intensely researched, and eccentric account from Hatch (The Last Outlaws ) concludes that he was blameless. The author focuses on the years following 1874, when the Lakota Sioux refused to leave their Black Hills reservation after gold was discovered. Determined to eject them, several army units converged on what turned out to be a huge Sioux encampment. Arriving first, Custer split his regiment into three columns, a sensible tactic according to Hatch, to prevent their escape (as Custer was ordered). The first unit disobeyed his order to charge; the others disobeyed orders to join their commander after he was attacked. With Custer dead, the surviving commanders and superior officers hastened to blame him, and historians agree that the official inquiry was a cover-up. Hatch takes the bizarre position that the U.S. “had every right to expand its boundaries to include the Great Plains West” and disapproves of the Sioux’s violence in defending their land—which, he maintains, warranted military intervention to “restore peace.” Readers may find this unsettling (and arguably racist), but they will agree that he makes a reasonable case for Custer’s competence. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 52, p)
  • The Battle of the Little Big Horn, fought on June 25th and 26th, 1876, is one of the most decisive defeats ever suffered by the U.S. Army. The Seventh Cavalry saw more than 40 percent of its troops killed—including its flamboyant commander, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer—by a unified force of Cheyenne and Sioux warriors. Hatch (Osceola and the Great Seminole War ) contends that, despite the outcome, Custer's plan of attack in the battle was the work of a tactical genius and should have succeeded. In his view, Custer was one of the transcendent figures of his age whose brilliance was undercut by his subordinates. The hyperbole about Custer in this "true story" makes this mostly a one-sided account, especially since many of the sources utilized were produced by the Seventh Cavalry's survivors and their sympathetic biographers. Given short shrift are the Sioux and Cheyenne narratives that paint a very different picture of the battle. VERDICT Readers should instead consider both Tim Lehman's Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations and Uncovering History: Archaeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn by Douglas D. Scott.— John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY --John R. Burch (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 1, p120)
  • Revisionist study of one of the most signal defeats in the annals of America. By Hatch's (Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer, 2013, etc.) account, it is an enduring myth to think that Custer committed a mistake by splitting his forces and entering the field of battle on the grass of Little Bighorn in multiple columns. In previous engagements in the Civil War and Indian Wars, Custer had separated his command and lived to tell the tale, once at the Battle of the Washita River. Hatch does not add that at Washita it was mostly women and children who stood in Custer's way, though the warriors managed to rub out one of those separated units, but his point stands: Viewing the lay of the land and where he thought his enemies were and how they would react, Custer was rightly engaging in a strategy that he had proven in past battles. In a library that includes work by such fine writers as Nathaniel Philbrick and Evan S. Connell, Hatch's book is no competition in literary terms; the prose sags and strains ("the powers that be did not have to work too hard to demonize the Sioux and Cheyenne in the eyes of the average cavalryman"). As a purely military account that draws heavily on that library, though, it has its merits. Hatch does a good job of describing firearms, tactics, the minutiae of cavalry mounts and the terrible fury of a battle that might have been won had Marcus Reno's and Frederick Benteen's columns arrived. To his detriment, though, Hatch goes on too long about "brotherhood under fire," a sentiment the victorious Indians no doubt felt themselves. The author's nonironic contrasting of the "civilized world" with theirs is something at home in Custer's era but not in our own. Custer completists will want to have a look, but there are many better books on the subject.(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2014)
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1946-
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Hatch, Thom
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973.8/2
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  • illustrations
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  • plates
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no index present
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E83.876
LC item number
.H3713 2015
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non fiction
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  • Custer, George A.
  • Custer, George A.
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the (Montana : 1876)
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
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the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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The last days of George Armstrong Custer : the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by Thom Hatch
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-355) and index
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Contents
The wrath of President Grant -- Glorious war -- Chasing shadows on the plains -- Death along the Washita -- Battling Sioux in Yellowstone country -- Black Hills, red spirits -- Prelude to war -- First blood -- The march of the 7th Cavalry -- Into the valley -- The crimson trail -- Battle Ridge -- The siege of the hilltop -- Bodies on the field -- Custer's avengers -- Mysteries, myths and legends -- Clearing smoke from the battlefield -- What really happened? -- Heroes and villains
Control code
1077853
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250051028
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(hardcover)
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2014033624
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9781250051028
  • (OCoLC)889941284
Label
The last days of George Armstrong Custer : the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, by Thom Hatch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-355) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The wrath of President Grant -- Glorious war -- Chasing shadows on the plains -- Death along the Washita -- Battling Sioux in Yellowstone country -- Black Hills, red spirits -- Prelude to war -- First blood -- The march of the 7th Cavalry -- Into the valley -- The crimson trail -- Battle Ridge -- The siege of the hilltop -- Bodies on the field -- Custer's avengers -- Mysteries, myths and legends -- Clearing smoke from the battlefield -- What really happened? -- Heroes and villains
Control code
1077853
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250051028
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014033624
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781250051028
  • (OCoLC)889941284

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