Several years ago I toured the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, Wy. and stumbled upon this painting by Allan Mardon. It's a fairly good-sized painting, and if you look at it carefully, it covers most every aspect of the battle. It's a very unique method he used for its portrayal:
Post by walkingstar on Oct 17, 2008 21:23:09 GMT -5
It is a dramatic portrayal of a climatic moment just moments before the violent deaths of the remnants of Custer's command. The only problem with it is that I seriously doubt anyone would be standing with hot lead flying through the air and, arrows falling from the sky exposing the survivors to certain impalement.
Understandably, a portrait of the last survivors groveling in the dirt, frantically trying to avoid being killed could not achieve the same inspirational effect. We need hero's to inspire us.
Great pictures, Robert. I'm rather impressed with Mike Schreck's paintings as well. I think he best captures the appearance of the individuals involved....not only does he have Keogh down pat, but his impression of Comanche is spot on, imo. I'm only sorry he left off the buckskin coat. I think it would have added much to the picture.
"The more I see of movement here (Little Big Horn Battlefield), the more I have admiration for Custer, and I am satisfied his like will not be found very soon again.”
~ Gen. Nelson Miles, Commanding General of the Army ------
"With our cherished ones deliverance within our grasp we waited breathless two hours, for the order that never came."
I often wondered that, despite the heat of the day, officers would have kept on their buckskin jackets as way of being identified by their men. From what I've read, Custer seems to have been the only officer to have worn both a buckskin jacket and buckskin trousers
According to Lt. DeRudio's account, he claims that Lt. Cooke was wearing buckin pants and coat too. Other accounts say Tom Custer was dressed the same as his brother, so if they are correct, we might have as many as 3 officers there that wore buckskin pants as well as coats. Godfrey described Keogh as wearing a buckskin coat on occasion during the expedition, so we know he had one with him that day. As all the other officers (who had one) seemed to be wearing theirs that day, I would find it odd if Keogh was the only one who did not.
Regarding the Mike Schreck last stand painting. Who would have the buckskin jacket with blue pants with dark hair left of GAC and who has the buckskin jacket & buckskin pants with fair hair to the left of Cooke?
Good painting but I'm not sure I'd buy into a couple mounted privates right in the middle of the masses of dismounted men.
Some of the others seem to have US flags that were not present.
Good point about the two mounted enlisted men. They would more than likely be officers if any remained mounted at that time. I do not see the US flags you mention tho. Where are they in the picture? The fellow to the left of GAC with the buckskin and dark hair would be Lt. Algernon 'Fresh' Smith. The fellow with the full buckskins to the left of Cooke would be Tom Custer. You can see Crazy Horse mounted in the upper left side of the picture with the white hailstones painted on his body.
The Kunstler painting has the stars and stripes on LSH. The Churms painting of Keough has 2 stars and stripes being carried by troops when in actuality they should be guidons. I'm not sure it would be appropriate for separate companies in a regiment to be carrying the US flag. Wouldn't protocol say only one set of US colors at the head of a unit?
In the Schreck painting I see he has Crazy Horse carrying a repeating rifle. Does that match the accounts. Did CH stop and take the time to paint himself that day? There is an elaborately painted horse on the right. A number of other NAs appear to be painted. I'm not sure what tribe would have a wolf head cap and skin in the left forefront.
Also see arrows in the foreground that appear to have been fired at a high trajectory. Stuck a couple hats in the ground with Conz's indirect fire.
The stars and stripes in both the Kuntsler and Churms paintings are guidons; notice the forked ends? Perhaps Churms erred in the pattern of the stars in the blue field. The Kuntsler print has adorned my living room walls for the last twenty years. Got it from the CBPC for I think a life membership. Anyway Kunstler errs in the shade of blue kersey trousers. Too dark. Ditto Churms in the Keough prints; his pants are the 1880s shade of blue.
bc & Steve, I hate being picky but it's 'Keogh' or 'Kehoe', as he sometimes spelt it. The Keough spelling was made in error on some early report or marker and seems to appear every now and again - its probably the phonetic spelling of Keogh.
Keogh is pronounced in Ireland as key-yo
I think that the two mounted troopers in Kunstler's painting may have been horse holders and are making that fatal dash to Deep Ravine. Has the second mounted trooper taken 'Vic'? (notice the white lower legs). Was Vic nicked?
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