Research Review: 2008

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

Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2008
Front Cover Illustration:
"Glory in the Dust"
by Richard Luce

"Generals Custer & Hampton:Two Worthy Opponents" by John D. Mackintosh
John Mackintosh has written a very good comparison of the lives and fortunes of two extremely good commanders of cavalry: Custer and Wade Hampton. Although Hampton was highly capable as a cavalry commander despite having never attended West Point, I believe Custer ended up as the better leader of the cavalrymen,the 1876 campaign notwithstanding.

"Custer's Battle Plan for June 1876" by William W. Boyes, Jr.
Your editor has attempted to show that Custer did indeed have a battle plan for 25 June 1876, despite the protestations, under oath, by Reno and Benteen that they knew of no plan at all. The testimony of hostile Indians, friendly scouts and interpreters, enlisted men and Seventh Cavalry officers shows that Custer's battle plan for 25 June 1876 was eerily similar to his success at Washita in 1868. Reno and Benteen both failed to carry out their specific orders and Custer's annihilation was the awful result.

"The Dangers of Hindsight" by Bob Snelson
Bob Snelson, no stranger to Custer fans, in this article begs the reader not to judge the actions of Custer, Reno and Benteen on 25 June 1876 by what we all know now about the fighting capabilities and huge numbers of hostile warriors, but to look at their actions and reactions to events as they unfolded during the battle. In other words, don't be a Monday morning quarterback.




Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2008
Front Cover Illustration: "Custer's Loss"
by Richard Luce

"Detailed Description of Route from Little Bighorn to ‘Lone Tepee Site’, ‘Crow's Nest’, etc. Letter from Raymond A. Burnside, M.D. dated February 6th, 1954" Edited by Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson, the LBHA Historian, received from the estate of his predecessor, Stanley F. Niedermeier, a manuscript about a long letter written in 1954 by a Dr. Burnside concerning Custer's trail up Davis Creek, past the Camp Marker and then down Reno Creek. Dr. Burnside referred to it as the Busby Road, not to be confused with Route zit. Almost nothing remains of the ranches, gates, signs, etc. he mentioned because they have been largely removed by Editor the re-paving, widening and curbing of what is now known as the Reno Creek Road.

"Courage & Character in the Life of Dr. Henry R. Porter" by L. G. Walker, Jr., M.D.

Dr. L. G. Walker, Jr., has not only written an excellent book on the life of the sole surviving doctor with the Seventh Cavalry, but he has contributed a brief condensation of his book in this issue. This article about Dr. Henry R. Porter, a contract surgeon, covers his life before, during, and after he left the Seventh Cavalry, including his attempt to serve in the Spanish-American War in 1898 by offering the U.S. Government $50,000 for permission to serve on active duty as a surgeon or in the ranks. Dr. Walker also takes note of the LBHA (under the auspices of the late John Carroll) putting up a new marker at Dr. Porter's grave in Agra, India, in 1989.

"From a Different View to the Same Kill" by Frederic C. Wagner, III

In this article by Frederic C. Wagner, III, the author takes Custer from roughly the Lone Tipi to Medicine Tail Coulee Ford, relying heavily on the 1879 testimony of the Reno Court of Inquiry. Fred dissects the various accounts by John Martin and Lieutenant Charles De Rudio as to locations and distances and quotes liberally from Greg Michno's Lakota Noon to prove the hostile encampment had ample warning of the approaches to their villages by Generals Custer and Reno.







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