By Robert M. Utley
George Armstrong Custer. The identify conjures up rapid popularity in nearly each American and in humans worldwide. No determine within the heritage of the yank West has extra powerfully moved the human imagination.When initially released in 1988, Cavalier in Buckskin met with severe acclaim. Now Robert M. Utley has revised his best-selling biography of common George Armstrong Custer. In his preface to the revised variation, Utley writes approximately his summers (1947-1952) spent as a historic aide on the Custer Battlefield-as it used to be then known-and credit the paintings of numerous authors whose fresh scholarship has illuminated our knowing of the occasions of Little Bighorn. He has revised or increased chapters, extra new details on resources, and revised the map of the battlefield.
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Four others know a great deal about Custer. Their reviews have added dimensions that would not have occurred to me and that saved me from errors that would have been pounced upon by the legion of Custer specialists. These experts merit my profound gratitude: Professor Brian Dippie, of the University of Victoria (British Columbia); Professor Gregory J. W. Urwin, of the University of Central Arkansas; Brian C. Pohanka, of Time-Life Books; and John M. Carroll, of Bryan, Texas. Carroll also let me use his microfilm copy of the Marguerite Merington Papers in the New York Public Library, a cornerstone of this book, and helped in many other ways that upheld his reputation for knowledge and generosity.
Many disliked Page 6 him personally, envied his success and eminence, and regarded him as a creature of press-agentry, altogether lacking in military merit. Others idolized him, or simply admired his record as a soldier. The nation's most venerated soldier led in the attack. " Others picked up the theme. " Samuel D. Sturgis, Custer's immediate superior as colonel of the Seventh Cavalry, told reporters that his subordinate "was a brave man, but also a very selfish man. " Few officers on active duty charged to Custer's defense, although many, notably the aggressive Colonel Nelson A.
William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip H. Sheridan, attending the festivities in Independence Square marking the centennial of American independence, had remained to tour the great exposition celebrating one hundred years of national progress. Reporters sought out the generals to ask about the headlines. Sheridan pointed out that the report bore all the marks of a fanciful tale by an imaginative frontier scout. Sherman refused to take the Page 4 dispatch seriously either. In the absence of any confirmation from official sources, he said, the press item had to be discounted as mere rumor.