A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign by Brad D. Lookingbill

By Brad D. Lookingbill

  • An available and authoritative review of the scholarship that has formed our figuring out of 1 of the main iconic battles within the heritage of the yankee West
  • Combines contributions from an array of revered students, historians, and battlefield scientists
  • Outlines the political and cultural stipulations that laid the basis for the Centennial crusade and examines how George Armstrong Custer turned its figurehead
  • Provides a close research of the conflict maneuverings at Little Bighorn, paying detailed awareness to Indian testimony from the battlefield
  • Concludes with a piece analyzing how the conflict of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading impact on American culture

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1964. The Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Hinman, Eleanor. 1976. ” Nebraska History 57 (1): 1–51. Howard, James H. 1998 (orig. 1968). The Warrior Who Killed Custer: The Personal Narrative of Chief Joseph White Bull. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Hyde, George E. 1961. Spotted Tail’s Folk: A History of the Brulé Sioux. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Hyde, George E. 1975 (orig. 1937). Red Cloud’s Folk: History of the Oglala Sioux Indians.

By the fall of 1866, travel on the Bozeman Trail was practically stalled, and Carrington’s forts were left without supplies. In December 1866, the Lakotas managed to destroy Lieutenant William J. Fetterman’s troops to the last man. Fighting along the Bozeman trail continued throughout the spring and summer of 1867. Feeling powerful, the Lakotas announced that they would not negotiate until all white forts on Lakota lands had been abandoned. Red Cloud requested that all forts along the Bozeman Trail be evacuated.

These were not actual reservations but hunting grounds the government had allocated to each tribe. Such division of lands was unnecessary from the Indian perspective: they were accustomed to following game wherever they wanted. Although there had always been some neutral grounds between the tribes, such drawing of borders did not 20 r a n i ‐ h e n r i k a n d e r ss o n correspond to the realities of life on the Plains. Soon after the signing of the treaty, the Oglalas living south of the Platte River heard that they no longer had the right to be in the area.

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