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Fun with Source Materials

One might assume that after 140 years, there would be little left to say or read about the battle of the Little Bighorn. Yet books continue to be written, letters and artifacts continue to be uncovered, and the audience never seems to wane. For anyone who has read a book or two about Custer's last…
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Shocking Frontier Fun

John Bourke, soldier-scholar and Indian Wars campaigner, was a great admirer of Native Americans and befriended many. His classic work, On the Border with Crook, is one of the best of the period and includes a great deal of humor. Men on the isolated frontier posts of the 1870s had little to do when not…
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Who Was S.W. Cushing?

The individuals pictured here evoke a range of ideas and emotions. They seem to have a world of experiences written across their sullen faces and they probably did have many a story from many a port. They were Victorian sailors and part of United States Navy history. Enlistment in the U.S. Navy of the mid-19th century was a rough way to…
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Washita Media War 1868

In the 1970 film, Little Big Man, General Custer and the 7th Cavalry are depicted charging into the Cheyenne camp on the Washita River at dawn to the tune of "Garryowen," an old Irish drinking song that Custer loved and which he made the regimental anthem. We know this much actually occurred from Custer's own report to General…
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