Research Review: 2010

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Vol. 24, 2010
Front Cover Illustration:
"Little Bighorn...Beginning of the End"

by Charles Mooradian

"The Equestrian Statue"
by Randall Johnson

Randy Johnson, as the LBHA Historian, has access to much Custer material. In this article, he leads us into the machinations—political and practical—that it took to get Custer's statue erected in downtown Monroe, Michigan. The players were local politicians, GAR veterans who had served under Custer during the War of the Rebellion, President William Howard Taft, all 350 pounds of him, and Libbie Custer, whom you may recall, had torpedoed the General's first statue at West Point. Larry Frost used to regale us about the several times the statue was later moved, care being taken to get the rear end pointing to the Masonic Lodge or the Knights of Columbus Hall—depending on which clique was in charge of the city government at the time.

"Godfrey’s Lightning" by Frederic C. Wagner, III

Fred Wagner, by now a well-established Custer author, first takes us down Reno Creek with Custer and Reno's battalions, carefully documents the split up "near" the river and then focuses on Custer's trip north to Calhoun Hill. Wagner carefully dissects the various routes Custer could have traveled and then homes in on Godfrey's talk with Chief Gall in the 1886 battle reunion when he, Godfrey, realizes Custer, or part of his command, was, indeed, way back on Blummer-Nye-Cartwright Ridge and Luce Ridge rather than trying to cross the Little Bighorn River at Ford "B."

"The Custer Strategy: Understanding Custer’s Actions from Reno Creek to Calhoun Hill" by James Adams

The writer, a relative newcomer to the Custer fraternity, does a commendable job in tracking Custer from Reno Creek to Custer Ridge. Adams points out that Custer's tactics were the result primarily of how the hostile Indians maneuvered their forces while Custer was continually looking back in his rear awaiting the arrival of Reno, Benteen and the pack train. The fact that they never came, of course, proved crucial to Custer's ultimate demise along with his entire command of five troops of cavalry.

"Vignettes from Earlier Research Reviews"

A. "The Indian's Friend" by by Georg Wenzel Schneider-Wettengel
B. "The Seventh Cavalry's Band" by John M. Carroll
C. "Captain Frederick W. Benteen" by R. B. MacLaine, Sr.
D. "Benteen's Letter to Barry" by Tom Heski
E. "To Err is Human" by Major General Frank S. Ross





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