WHERE CUSTER FELL: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD THEN & NOW
Author: James S. Brust, Brian C. Pohanka, & Sandy Barnard
Publisher: UNIVERSITY of OKLAHOMA PRESS, Apr 2008
Historical & contemporary photos accompany this narrative reflection on the Last Stand.
The Battle of the Little Bighorn has long held an eminent position among the chronicles of the mythic West. None of the men who rode with Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer to his ?Last Stand? survived to tell the tale, but this stunning photography book provides a view of the battlefield as it must have existed in 1876.
The historical photos (some taken as early as three years after the battle) amplify personal accounts of battle veterans. Hunkpapa chief Gall?s description of Custer?s skirmish-line locations, the stories told by the three Crow scouts who survived, Sergeant Daniel Kanipe standing next to Sergeant Edwin Bobo?s marker: one can debate the accuracy of the information these battle participants provided, but the photos put us on the battlefield with them.
This abundant photographic record presents the timeless face of the Little Bighorn and chronicles changes wrought by efforts to understand and memorialize the battle.
?For its innovative scholarship and engaging presentation, Where Custer Fell represents one of the most important contributions to Little Bighorn literature of the past quarter century.??Jerome A. Greene, author of Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867?1869
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
James S. Brust, M.D., a specialist in historical photographs and prints, has published frequently on these topics in journals and magazines. He resides in San Pedro, California. Brian C. Pohanka is a military historian who has been senior researcher, writer, and adviser for Time-Life Books, television documentaries, and feature films. The author or coauthor of several books, he resides in Arlington, Virginia. Sandy Barnard is an independent scholar and writer specializing in the Indian wars. He is editor of Greasy Grass and resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.