Research Review: 2006

Back issues of the Research Review are $10.00 each for LBHA members and $20.00 each for non-members.

Vol. 20, No. 1, Winter 2006
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"Officer's Call"
by Richard Luce

"The Box Family, the Custers, and the Last Bullet" by Susan J. Michno
Susan Michno details the horrific gang rapes and child torture perpetrated on some women and children on the western frontier. Mrs. Custer interviewed the Box family in Kansas.

"Facing Down the Klan: The Seventh Cavalry in York County, South Carolina"
by John D. Mackintosh
John Mackintosh, a prolific Custer writer, delineates how the Seventh Cavalry reacted to Reconstruction difficulties in a post-war southern state. Such difficulties included dealing with the Ku Klux Klan, black militias, and illicit whiskey distillers and aiding the U.S. Marshals in maintaining law and order.

"The Green Factor at the Little Bighorn" by Marc H. Abrams
Marc Abrams delves deeply into the enlistment records and finds that over 25% of the Seventh Cavalry was comprised of "green" recruits, a fact that probably did affect the outcome of the battle.

"A Divisive Division" by Frederic C. Wagner III
Fred Wagner looks into the theories about how, when, and where Custer divided his already small battalion. He also demolishes arguments about Custer attacking at Medicine Tail Coulee Ford. His two statistical charts are outstanding.

Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2006
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"Custer's Last Command"
by Richard Luce

"'Strike up Garryowen,' August 11, 1873: Custer's Second Battle on the Yellowstone" by M. John Lubetkin
Mr. Lubetkin, a prolific author on the West and its railroads, financing, and initial surveying parties, has written what is probably the best analysis of Custer's August 11, 1873 Yellowstone Indian fight. Custer's commanding officer, Colonel David Stanley, was almost continually inebriated. After his staff officers broke up all the sutler's whiskey casks, Stanley sobered up and masterfully, in one of the few instances in Indian fighting, used the U.S. Artillery's Rodman rifled cannon to destabilize Sitting Bull, all of his warriors, and a slew of non-combatant sightseers on the other side of the Yellowstone. Mr. Lubetkin's maps are positively magnificent.

"Custer's Summer Indian Campaign of 1867: New Information on the U.S. Seventh Cavalry Desertions at Riverside Station" by Jeff Broome
Dr. Broome is becoming another outstanding western author. Using Lieutenant Henry Jackson's minutely kept engineering itinerary for Custer's marches through Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska Territories in the summer of 1867 while chasing down recalcitrant hostile Cheyennes, Broome delineates, in the greatest detail, the problems Custer had with the continuing drain on his Seventh Cavalry by the ever increasing numbers of deserters. Custer ultimately solved this problem by ordering officers and men to shoot down escaping deserters, an act which led to Custer's court-martial. This resulted in his being found guilty and, therefore, being removed from active duty for one year at half pay. Broome located the site of Custer's Riverside Station camp of 5-7 July 1867 and thoroughly metal detected it, coming up with hundreds of military/cavalry artifacts. Broome is working on setting up a monument at the site.




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