Research Review: 2011

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Vol. 25, 2011
Front Cover Illustration:
"Get ’Em Boys"
by Jerry Thomas

"A Critical Analysis of Elwood Nye’s ‘Marching with Custer’"
by Lt. Col. Robert M. Anderson, USAF, (RET.)

George Custer has often been criticized for pushing his men and horses too hard once he separated from General Alfred Terry on 22 June 1876. In his 1941 article, Col. Elwood Nye stated that this fact was at least partly to blame for the disaster. Other historians have picked up on and expanded this theme through the years. Lt. Col. Robert M. Anderson has a different view. He compares Custer's march to that of other known cavalry marches and makes the point that Custer's journey from 22-25 June may not have been as brutal as some like to portray.

"The Book that Never Was - Lemmon’s Developing the West and Mary Crawler’s Battle of the Little Big Horn Account" by Bruce R. Liddic

Bruce Liddic has a knack for finding Custer material that others would never come across. He was asked once by your editor how he could have known that a particular book in his collection could have possibly contained any reference to Custer. His reply: "I can smell them." In "The Book That Never Was" he tells of the writings of South Dakota newspaper columnist George E. Lemmon. In those columns, Lemmon told the story of Uncpapa Mary Crawler's version of the Little Bighorn fight. Without the efforts of Liddic much of this rare material would have never been seen by many of us.

"Custers Mindset as He Approached the Indian Village - The Reason for the Seventh Cavalry Defeat at the Little Bighorn" by W. Donald Horn

Don Horn has been a fixture in the LBHA since the late 196os. He approaches his study of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in a logical manner. This article takes us with Custer as he makes various decisions throughout the morning and afternoon of 25 June 1876. It provides an analysis of Custer's belief that the Indian village was in flight, right up to the moment that Horn says he realized he had "totally misread the signs."

"Vignettes from Earlier Research Reviews"

A. "Bad Memories or Bad Liars?" by Georg Wenzel Schneider-Wettengel
B. "An Opinion on Benteen's Actions" by Michael Harrison
C. "Custer's Hidden Message" by David F. Riggs




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