Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer

Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer

Michael A. Elliott


On a sizzling summer season day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer led the 7th Cavalry to the main recognized defeat in U.S. army historical past. Outnumbered and exhausted, the 7th Cavalry misplaced greater than half its four hundred males, and each soldier less than Custer's direct command used to be killed. it is easy to appreciate why this great defeat stunned the yank public on the time. yet with Custerology, Michael A. Elliott tackles the way more advanced query of why the conflict nonetheless haunts the yankee mind's eye this day.

Weaving shiny old debts of Custer at Little Bighorn with modern commemorations that diversity from conflict reenactments to the incomplete loopy Horse memorial, Elliott finds a Custer and a West whose legacies are nonetheless vigorously contested. he is taking readers to every of the real areas of Custer's lifestyles, from his Civil battle domestic in Michigan to the location of his well-known loss of life, and introduces us to local American activists, Park carrier rangers, and dedicated background buffs alongside the way in which. Elliott indicates how Custer and the Indian Wars remain either a robust image of Americas bloody earlier and a very important key to figuring out the countries multicultural present.

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