- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: University of Oklahoma Press; Auflage: Revised ed. (1. Januar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0806129980
- ISBN-13: 978-0806129983
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.031.627 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Archaeology, History, and Custer's Last Battle: Little Bighorn Reexamined (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Januar 2008
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The myth of Custer's last stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn is shattered by Richard Allan Fox, Jr., who demonstrates that the troopers' end came amid terror and disarray, with no determined fighting and little firearm resistance. Using archaeological analyses of bullets, spent cartidges, and other material data, combined with Indian eyewitness accounts and additional primary sources, Fox replays this battle in detail, identifying combat positions and tracking soldiers and Indians across the battlefield.
Furthermore, Fox relies rather heavily on the Indian accounts collected by Dr. Marquis. This is unfortunate because it has been demonstrated that Marquis padded his account of Wooden Leg with the experiences of other men (crediting them to Wooden Leg), and also doctored the Indian accounts to fit his own preconceived notions of the battle, i.e. fictionalizing them. The Marquis interviews should only be used with extreme caution.
He also believes that most of the Indian casualties were suffered on the southern end of the battle, and that the soldiers on Custer Hill and the South Skirmish Line barely fought at all. I think Gregory Michno has disproven this theory --- most Indian casualties occurred in the northern area of the battlefield. This matter, though, is a subject of much contention that has yet to be resolved.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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I agree that the absence of spent ammunition on the battle field means very little considering the time frame from the battle until Dr. Fox did his work, to many other people had access to the same ground.
My last point is intelligence. Custer's scouts are reported to have told him there was a very large concentration of Indians in the valley and some are said to have told him not to attack. In the mean time he had split his force into 3 battalions, none of which could support the other, then according to Dr. Fox split his battalion into two smaller units, again none of which could support the other. Apparently once he saw what he was up against to accomplish his mission of sending the Indians back to the reservation he sent the order to Benteen to join him. Had he paid any attention to what his scouts told him he should have sent the order to Benteen earlier. In my opinion Benteen did the right thing is stopping to support Reno, in fact it based on the "Reno Court of Inquiry" he for practical purposes assumed command.
Overall I think this is a good book about a subject approached from a new light and it does something many other Custer books do not do and that is use what the Indians had to say, no matter if you buy what they say or not. They were there, we were not.