Greg Michno's Lakota Noon Sept 11, 2013 8:42:42 GMT -5
Post by mikegriffith on Sept 11, 2013 8:42:42 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?