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Archaeology, history, and Custer's last battle : the Little Big Horn reexamined

Author: Richard A Fox
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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On the afternoon of June 25, 1867, an overwhelming force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians quickly mounted a savage onslaught against General George Armstrong Custer's battalion, driving the doomed troopers of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry to a small hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River, where Custer and his men bravely erected their heroic last stand. So goes the myth of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In truth,  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Fox
ISBN: 0806124962 9780806124964 0806129980 9780806129983
OCLC Number: 26724100
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Calgary, 1988.
Description: xviii, 411 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / W. Raymond Wood --
Glances Forward and Back --
Models, Methods and Patterns --
Fieldwork, Burials, and Distributions --
Prelude --
The Calhoun Episode --
The Keogh Episode --
The Cemetery Ridge Episode --
The Custer Hill Episode --
The South Skirmish Line Episode --
Defeat: Causes and Factors --
Fate, Blame, and Strategy --
The Whereabouts of Custer --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: by Richard Allan Fox, Jr. ; foreword by W. Raymond Wood.

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On the afternoon of June 25, 1867, an overwhelming force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians quickly mounted a savage onslaught against General George Armstrong Custer's battalion, driving the doomed troopers of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry to a small hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River, where Custer and his men bravely erected their heroic last stand. So goes the myth of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In truth, however, "Custer's Last Stand" was neither the last of the fighting nor a stand. Using both innovative and standard archaeological techniques, combined with historical documents and Indian eyewitness accounts, Richard Allan Fox, Jr. replays this battle in astonishing detail. Through bullets, spent cartridges, and other material data, Fox identifies combat positions and tracks soldiers and Indians across the battlefield. Guided by the history beneath our feet, and listening to the previously ignored Indian testimonies, Fox reveals scenes of panic and collapse and, ultimately, a story of the Custer battle quite different from the fatalistic versions of history. According to the author, the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry entered the fray in good order, following planned strategies and displaying tactical stability. It was the sudden disintegration of this cohesion that caused the troopers' defeat. The end came quickly, unexpectedly, and largely amid terror and disarray. Archaeological evidences show that there was no determined fighting and little firearm resistance. The last soldiers to be killed had rushed from Custer Hill.

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