0 thoughts on “Custer’s Last Campaign

  1. I bought this book after my most recent trip to the Little Big Horn National Battlefield. Fresh off an invigorating walking tour of the Reno/Benteen defenses, I went into the gift shop and gladly purchased this book for a ridiculous mark-up.

    I’d heard of John Gray’s work before, as it’s mentioned in just about every recent piece of scholarship on Custer’s Last Battle. He’s always mentioned in hushed, awed tones, as though he was some kind of prophet blessed with divine knowledge of the battle.


  2. “Anything that actually happened had to be possible.” –p. 222

    Part of this book is fascinating, but “part,” unfortunately, does not equal “all.” Gray’s writing style is clear and competent (it has to be, because I was able to follow his reconstruction of Custer’s campaign), but not engaging, and he makes the mistake that so many nonfiction writers do of putting the explicit articulation of his argument at the end of his book instead of at the beginning. I would have found the biography of Mitch

  3. An excellent historiography explaining the Northern Plains through the life of the “meti” Mitch Boyer and analyzing Custer’s command during the 1876 campaign against the Lakota, using time-motion studies detailing events in sequence to reconstruct the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Detailed and well-written this study is more than competent, it is definitive and a good read, recommended not only to those interested in the plains warfare but especially to those who appreciate historiography.


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