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"A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn The Last Great Battle of the American West" by James Donovan. An excellent book dealing with Custer and the Little Bighorn battle.
I've had it for about a week and still haven't started it. Just too many good things to read.
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I've had it for about a week and still haven't started it. Just too many good things to read.
When you pick it up, you'll have a hard time putting it down.
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I recently got three (of four) volumes by Peter Cozzens called Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars 1865 - 1890. Much of Volume Four is dedicated to Custer's campaign. I am looking forward to reading it very much. I have noticed that many of the members here are quite knowledgeable on the the subject of Custer. I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on the completeness of Mr. Cozzens books.
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Vigilantes of Montana by Thomas J. Dimsdale was published in book form 1865. It was first serialized in the Montana Post, of which Mr. Dimsdale was the editor-in-chief. It describes the exploits of vigilantes from Virginia City, Montana and its sister city Nevada, Montana from 1863 through 1865. It consists of true stories of courage and persistence on the part of the vigilantes as they pursued, arrested, tried, and punished road agents, murderers, and other dangerous criminals. More interesting to me than the stories, which constitute most of the book, are the occasional explanations of the rationale for the Vigilance Committee and the comments the author makes about the net result of its activities.

see: http://www.libertariannation.org/a/f72h2.html
Well, there is a good deal of controversy on how "true" Dimsdale's book is. I have it, but also have "Hanging the Sheriff" and "A Decent, Orderly Lynching" Reading those will give you a much better perspective on this story.
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I would like to add two books by Gregory F. Michno
Encyclopedia of Indian Wars: Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890
http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-I...ian+skirmishes

Forgotten Fights: Little-known Raids and Skirmishes on the Frontier, 1823 to 1890
http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Figh...ref=pd_sim_b_1
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Finished a good one the other day:

"Defiant Peacemaker: Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War" by Wallace Ohrt

It is short, but an very good biography on Nicholas Trist. I highly recommend it.
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I read as many journals and first hand accounts that I can. Also newspaper articles of the era. The more first hand accounts closer to the 19th Century the better. As an example, while Westler's "The Virginian" seems trite today, it was timely. Fiction written by men who were there is poignant and possibly closer to being true to life than fiction written to those who lived generations later. Twain is important, at least to establish a 19th Century point of view. Writers of the time tended to gloss over things that they were not proud of, but still the truth sometimes peeks through.

Later historians can interject modern mythology and dogma into their writings that muddles the reality of the era. Finding out what really happened is hard. Letters, journals and diaries written by people who experienced the day to day of the time are, in my view, not only the most important, but the most genuine as well.

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