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To hell with honor : Custer and the Little Bighorn

Author: Larry Sklenar
Publisher: Norman, Okla. : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The image of the famous "last stand" of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer has transmogrified into myth. We imagine the solitary Custer standing upright to the end, his troops formed into groups of wounded and dying men around him. Larry Sklenar contends that Custer did have a battle plan, one different from any other suggested by scholars thus far. Custer, he argues, had reason to  Read more...
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Named Person: George A Custer; George A Custer
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Sklenar
ISBN: 080613156X 9780806131566 9780806134727 0806134720
OCLC Number: 41944608
Description: xv, 395 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A dirty little war --
Natural enemies --
As families go --
Men and boys --
How they looked --
What they saw --
A fatal separation --
A terrible fright --
Hurry up and wait --
Unready reserves --
Charge to the rear --
Calling for courage --
Within hearing, beyond reach --
Honor bound.
Responsibility: Larry Sklenar.

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The image of the famous "last stand" of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer has transmogrified into myth. We imagine the solitary Custer standing upright to the end, his troops formed into groups of wounded and dying men around him. Larry Sklenar contends that Custer did have a battle plan, one different from any other suggested by scholars thus far. Custer, he argues, had reason to believe that his scheme might succeed with minimum bloodshed; made decisions consistent with army regulations and his best instincts as an experienced commander; had subordinates who could not overcome the limits of their personalities in a desperate situation; and made a selfless commitment to save the bulk of his regiment. Along the way, Sklenar appraises the officers and other men who served in the Seventh, evaluating the survivors' testimony and assessing the intent and motives of each.

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