Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn by Evan S. Connell

By Evan S. Connell

Custer's final Stand is likely one of the so much enduring occasions in American history--more than 100 years after the actual fact, books stay written and other people proceed to argue approximately even the main easy info surrounding the Little Bighorn. Evan S. Connell, whom Joyce Carol Oates has defined as "one of our finest and clever American writers," wrote what remains to be the main reliable--and compulsively readable--account of the topic. Connell makes sturdy use of his meticulous learn and novelist's eye for the tale and aspect to re-vreate the heroism, foolishness, and savagery of this important bankruptcy within the background of the West.

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Except for the tack-studded mirror—which, in photographs, suggests a medieval Viking artifact—White lost his Sioux memorabilia when some person or persons unknown ran away with a bag containing the moccasins. He told an interviewer many years afterward that he suspected a cavalryman from the Seventh. The day after his excursion to the village White spent a while wandering through the valley where Reno’s men started the fight. All of the bodies he saw had been horribly gashed. Entrails protruded.

One of them must have carried it off. Except for the tack-studded mirror—which, in photographs, suggests a medieval Viking artifact—White lost his Sioux memorabilia when some person or persons unknown ran away with a bag containing the moccasins. He told an interviewer many years afterward that he suspected a cavalryman from the Seventh. The day after his excursion to the village White spent a while wandering through the valley where Reno’s men started the fight. All of the bodies he saw had been horribly gashed.

Some thirteen hundred pages of testimony were recorded. Among the officers who testified was Reno’s chief of scouts, Lt. Hare, who said that if they had continued their advance the column would have been demolished in five minutes. Sgt. ” Lt. ” Capt. ” Nobody insisted the retreat was a triumph, Moylan went on, and as for himself, he preferred life on the hilltop to death somewhere else. This observation moved the Court Recorder, Lt. Jesse Lee, to ask if the captain did not think it more honorable for a soldier to die fighting than to sit dishonored on a hill—a question Moylan resented.

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