Greg Michno's Lakota Noon Sept 11, 2013 22:23:48 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Sept 11, 2013 22:23:48 GMT -5
Michno: "The soldiers had come along the 2nd ridge back from the river and had stopped on a high hill above them. He, Crazy Horse and many other warriors crossed the river before the soldiers had come down off the ridge."
Flying Hawk's actual account: "Custer came down on the 2nd ridge from the river, and he stopped on the high hill above the Indians. Flying Hawk was with the leaders and could see [everything]. The Indians had crossed the river above Calhoun Hill before Custer left the 2nd Ridge."
You will note how Michno conveniently places Crazy Horse alongside Flying Hawk as the latter describes a group of Indians crossing the river above Calhoun Hill. Flying Hawk himself does not specifically reference Crazy Horse as being in this group, but since it supports Michno's theory that Crazy Horse crossed the LBH at Deep Coulee, his name is added into the account.
So would you say that Hardoff's book is better than Michno's when it comes to the Indian accounts?
I read parts of Lakota Noon online (Google Books) and am now reading (and marking) the hardcopy (it came in the mail three days ago). I was impressed with the parts that I read online, and I am downright fascinated with the book now that I'm reading the hardcopy.
I notice that Michno questions the traditional condensed time period for Custer's fight. I think he is on the right track in that regard, based on what I've read so far.
Anyway, so is Hardoff's book a better source for the Indian accounts?
Hi Mike. By all means, Hardorff's books will give you, for the most part, the most unadulterated Indian accounts. He does make a few errors in interpretation, mainly surrounding the actual location of Greasy Grass Hill, which he mistakes for Greasy Grass Ridge -- two entirely different locations -- but for the most part, he will give you the actual statements made by the Indians without the kind of editing and reinterpretation that Michno gives to the accounts. Michno's book is an interesting read and has some very good points to it. His timeline is dated, and he still subscribes to the old notion of the south skirmish line by E Co. which most students of today reject. He mistakenly believes, imo, that Crazy Horse crossed the river at Ford B and then went up Deep Coulee. To support his thesis, he will often resort to actually changing the Indian accounts to reflect his own personal views, so you need to be very careful in reading what he claims the Indians actually said. He does not put down their actual words, but rather transcribes them in his own words, which can often change their meaning dramatically, as I point out in the example above. Btw, I have analyzed and posted up here at the forum nearly all of the Indian accounts of the battle, including all of the ones found in Hardorff's books with my own commentary and explanatory statements made in yellow brackets to separate them from the actual accounts. They can all be found in the sections of the forum for Lakotas, Cheyennes, Arickaras and Crows.