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Friday, June 22, 2007

The Battle of the Little Bighorn

For you history buffs, June 25 marks the anniversary of The Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. It is also known as Custer’s Last Stand and was one of the last armed encounters in the Indian Wars. George Armstrong Custer was pursuing a band of Lakota Sioux led by Sitting Bull, when he underestimated the strength and skills of his foes. Custer lost his life, as well as the entire 7th Calvary detachment of men under his command.

In popular culture, the battle has been commemorated in such films as "Little Big Man" (1970) and "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941). In the novel Flashman and the Redskins (1982), author George MacDonald Fraser places his anti-hero at Little Bighorn. The battle even appears in a level of the computer game "Age of Empires III -- The War Chief."

The library owns a number of books on the battle and Custer, as well as the two chiefs ― Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse ― who led the 1,000-plus warriors at Little Bighorn. Here is a sampling:

The Story of the Little Big Horn: Custer’s Last Fight by William Graham

To Hell With Honor: Custer and the Little Bighorn by Larry Sklenar

With Custer on the Little Bighorn: A Newly Discovered First-Person Account by William O. Taylor

Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer by Jeffry Wert

The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph Marshall

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