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Title:
Custer's last stand
Author:
Streissguth, Thomas, 1958-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737713589

9780737713596
Format :
Book

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Central Library E83.876 .C9864 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

On June 25, 1876, in the plains of southern Montana, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry into battle with a powerful force of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Not one member of Custer's battalion survived the battle, the greatest single victory of the Plains Indians in their war with the United States. Since that fateful day, historians have debated the tactics and strategy of both sides, exactly how the battle proceeded, and what Custer should have done differently.


Summary

On June 25, 1876, in the plains of southern Montana, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry into battle with a powerful force of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Not one member of Custer's battalion survived the battle, the greatest single victory of the Plains Indians in their war with the United States. Since that fateful day, historians have debated the tactics and strategy of both sides, exactly how the battle proceeded, and what Custer should have done differently. Editor Tom Streissguth compiles a very thorough and compelling look at this military turning point.


Author Notes

Thomas Streissguth is an author who grew up in the Midwest. He worked in New York in magazines for four years and as a juvenile book editor in Minneapolis for six. He has published about 40 books of non-fiction: biographies, history, geography books, and the like. His title's include: Dracula, Cleopatra, Hoaxers and Hustlers, Jack London, and Vladmir Putin.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Using primary and secondary sources, this volume examines the controversial history of the Battle at the Little Bighorn in June, 1876. The introduction includes a brief biography of Custer and an explanation of the U.S. Army's subjugation of the Plains Indians. The West Point-trained general saw action during the Civil War and achieved the reputation of being a brilliant tactician. He was also undisciplined, mischievous, and ambitious, and these characteristics contributed to his defeat on the Montana battlefield. The first chapter includes contemporary accounts and explanations from the New York Times and Harper's Weekly, and statements by soldier William O. Taylor, his commander Major Marcus Reno, and Custer's biographer Frederick Whittaker. Battle descriptions through the eyes of Native Americans follow. Chapter three is comprised of modern analysis by Stephen Ambrose, Robert Utley, and Larry Sklenar. Each of the 11 entries is preceded by a summary of the author's main points and conclusions. This excellent volume helps students understand the "what" and "why" of history.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Using primary and secondary sources, this volume examines the controversial history of the Battle at the Little Bighorn in June, 1876. The introduction includes a brief biography of Custer and an explanation of the U.S. Army's subjugation of the Plains Indians. The West Point-trained general saw action during the Civil War and achieved the reputation of being a brilliant tactician. He was also undisciplined, mischievous, and ambitious, and these characteristics contributed to his defeat on the Montana battlefield. The first chapter includes contemporary accounts and explanations from the New York Times and Harper's Weekly, and statements by soldier William O. Taylor, his commander Major Marcus Reno, and Custer's biographer Frederick Whittaker. Battle descriptions through the eyes of Native Americans follow. Chapter three is comprised of modern analysis by Stephen Ambrose, Robert Utley, and Larry Sklenar. Each of the 11 entries is preceded by a summary of the author's main points and conclusions. This excellent volume helps students understand the "what" and "why" of history.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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