Since I am new to the chat room I have a question for all you members. What do you think are the top ten books on Custer and the Indian Wars.
Windolph, I would include all the Hardorff books and the Fox book, Archaeology, History, and Custer's Last Battle: The Little Big Horn Re-examined . After that, Donovan's book is a good overview of the battle. I'll let the others fill in the blanks.
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What do you think are the top ten books on Custer and the Indian Wars.
We have done this a few times before, but what the heck... here goes again.
"Windolph," I will give you 10 that I like, but in no particular order:
(1) The Custer Myth, by W. A. Graham (2) Archaeology, History, and Custer's Last Battle, by Richard Fox (3) Vanishing Victory, by Bruce Liddic (4) Where Custer Fell, by Brian Pohanka, James Brust, and Sandy Barnard (5) The Reno Court of Inquiry, ed. by Ron Nichols (6) Ten Years With Custer, by John Ryan, ed. by Sandy Barnard (7) Little Big Horn Diary, by James Willert (8) Custer in '76, Walter Camp's notes, ed. by Ken Hammer (9) Custer's Last Campaign, by John Gray (10) I, Varnum, by Charles Varnum, ed. by John Carroll
There are several more I could mix and match with some of those above, but it would mean 20. Several of the Hardorff books, the Benteen-Goldin letters book, etc., etc., etc.
If I had to start with one-- as someone new to the whole deal-- I would clearly begin with Willert's Little Big Horn Diary.
Post by stevenonhudson on Jan 3, 2011 15:16:43 GMT -5
related but perhaps a just a bit off topic but it does involve GAC and books: I just received the 'LBHA First Bid-by-Mail Auction Catalog Featuring the Collection of Dr. Elizabeth A. Lawrence' in the mail today, it's really, really nice, well-worth the five bucks even if you get shut out of the bidding.
I was asked what some of my favorite books on the subject were so I thought I would share. Now granted I know some of these books may have their flaws, but they were books I enjoyed for the sake of reading. Peter Cozzens's books on Indian Wars Reno Court of Inquiry Custerology Elizabeth Cuter's Books Touched by fire/ Barnett Stricken Field/Greene Washita/Greene Army Navy Journal of the Little Bighorn As many of us know not all books are perfect, but their is good information in most, I repetel, most books.
Post by stevenonhudson on Jan 4, 2011 9:48:54 GMT -5
There's a copy of Willert's LBH Diary listed in the LBHA's Dr. Lawrence auction catalog, item #307, with a 'reserve' of $200, estimated retail price $275 --> $325. It's described as having been published in 1977, 1st Edition, limited #274/500 copies (actually only 489 copies), signed, dated 11/27/77...hardbound in blue imitation leather w/silver letters and decorated cover. perhaps a little expensive for my tastes but I'll be curious to know what the winning bid was on 02/15.
If you want the best book of all, the book where you will find everything-- and I mean everything-- then you need to buy Robert M. Anderson's, A Reader's Guide to Custeriana. It lists every book and every article ever written about the LBH and it gives reviews for most of them. It is a brilliant synopsis of everything out there and Bob Anderson is constantly updating it.
I believe Upton sells it, although it isn't listed in his latest catalogue.
You may be able to order it directly from Anderson. He used to be on these boards under the name "hiplanesrnchr" and his e-mail address is probably listed. I believe it runs about $60, but there is nothing else as good and no Custer/LBH library is complete without it. He will guide you to whatever you want.
Best wishes, Fred.
P.S.-- I just checked the membership list. His e-mail is listed as: firstname.lastname@example.org FCW
Custer was known to be quite an avid reader. I recently came across a list of books in his personal library (I believe a number of the books belonged to Libby, although over 1/2 the books were military related). Here is a list of all the military related books I could locate in his library that may shed some light on Custer's interest in this area:
CUSTER'S MILITARY BOOKS
1) Boynton, Edward C. History of West Point 2) Brackett, Albert G. History of the United States Cavalry 3) Carlyle, Thomas History of Frederick the Second 4) Cooke, John Esten Halter and Rapier 5) Cooke, John Esten Stonewall Jackson 6) Creasy, E.S. The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World 7) Custer, G.A. Galaxy Magazine, Vol. XIII Jan. -- June, 1872 8) Delafield, Colonel R. The Art of War in Europe; 1854-55-56. 9) DeJomini, James, Summary of the Art of War. 10) DePeyster, John W. Personal and Military History of Philip Kearny. 11) Draper, John William, History of the American Civil War. 12) Garrand, Kenner, Nolan's System of Training Cavalry Horses. 13) General Orders, Confederate States Army, From Jan 1862 to Dec 1863. 14) Gurowski, Adam Diary from March 4, 1861 to Nov 12, 1862. 15) Gurowski, Adam Diary from Nov 18, 1862 to Oct 18, 1863. 16) Gurowski, Adam Diary 1863-64-65. 17) Hamely, Edward Bruce, The Operations of the War. 18) Herbert, Henry Wm, Frank Forrester's Horse and Horsemanship 19) Johnston, Joseph E, Narrative of Military Operations (inscribed to G.A. Custer from Tom. May 28, 1874. Fort Lincoln, D.T.) 20) Jones, Rev. J. William, Reminiscences of Gen. Robert E. Lee. 21) Lanman, Charles, Journal of Alfred Ely: A Prisoner of War in Richmond. 22) Mahan, D.H. Summary of the Course on Permanent Fortification. 23) Maxwell, W.H. Life of Field Marshall, His Grace, The Duke of Wellington. Three Volumes. 24) McClellan, George Army of the Potomac:Report of Organization. 25) McClellan, George B. Organization of the Army of the Potomac. 26) Military Department of the South. 27) Moore, Frank, The Rebellion Records. 28) Moore, James Kilpatrick and Our Cavalry. 29) O'Reilly, Miles, The Life and Adventures of Private Miles O'Reilly. 30) Ouida, Granville de Vigne or Held in Bondage. 31) Paris, M. Le Comte De, Histoire de la Guerre Civile En Amerique. 32) Parton, James, General Butler in New Orleans. 33) Roberson, David, Scottish Minstrel (songbook of Scottish songs) 34) Ruger, Edward, Atlas--History of the Army of the Cumberland. 35) Scott, Winfield, Memoirs of Lieut. General Scott. Vols. I & II. 36) Szabad, Emeric, Modern War: Its Theory and Practice. 37) Taylor, Bayard, John Godfrey's Fortunes: A Story of American Life. 38) Thiers, M.S. The History of the French Revolution. Vol. I to IV. 39) Upham, Charles Wentworth, Life of Charles Fremont. 40) Walker, Francis A, The Indian Question. 41) Walker, Francis A, A Statistical Atlas of the United States. 42) West Point Military Academy, Magnetism And Electricity. 43) Youatt, William, The Horse.
Post by mikegriffith on May 19, 2018 11:14:08 GMT -5
One recent and worthwhile book, published just three years ago, is Thom Hatch's The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer: The True Story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Three other excellent and fairly recent books are:
James Donovan's A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West (2009)
Nathan Philbrick's The Last Stand (2011)
T.J. Stiles' book Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, published just two years ago, deals with Custer's life story and only has one chapter on the battle, but it is an excellent analysis. Stiles is no big fan of Custer, but he strongly defends Custer's actions at the Little Big Horn and harshly condemns Reno and Benteen's conduct.
If you're new here, be advised that there are few folks here who will never admit that Reno and Benteen did anything seriously wrong and who heap most/all the blame on Custer. They are far out of touch with mainstream Custer scholarship, which, for the last 20 years, if not longer, has reached a consensus that Reno and Benteen failed to properly support Custer and that Custer acted reasonably and responsibly given the information that he had available to him.
For the most part, I agree with your list, with the caveat that Philbrick's "Last Stand" doesn't belong on the list for reasons that are too long to list. I'm also not aware of Custer scholars embracing Thom Hatch and his "True Story".
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