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"For decades, Custer's 'Last Stand' at Little Big Horn has captured the American imagination. Remembered by some as the tragic result of imperialist policies and by others as a noble sacrifice for American expansion, the one thing everyone learns in school is that Custer's battle against Lakota and Cheyenne forces left no Americans alive. In this chronicle of meticulous research, handwriting analysis and document investigation, journalist Koster turns that myth on its ear: though a number of people claim to have fought at (and survived) Little Big Horn, Koster identifies the one reluctant claimant who actually did-Sergeant Frank Finkel of Company C. A carefully deconstructed historical mystery sure to thrill American history enthusiasts, Koster's narrative and methods are entirely transparent, presenting all the information and leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. Though Finkel's story isn't particularly dramatic, Koster's pursuit of the truth behind a great American myth makes for a compelling tale in itself." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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It has been recorded in official government records that there were no survivors of the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry who were with General George Armstrong Custer at the battle at the Little Big Horn. Recently, uncovered records and forensic handwriting evidence, the latter verified by forensic handwriting experts, reveal that one trooper, a sergeant in "C" Company of the Seventh Cavalry, actually escaped the onslaught of Sioux and Cheyenne. The author has tracked the man and his activity during the battle and has brought them together in "Custer Survivor.""Custer Survivor," through documented accounts recreates the scene from the Sioux and Cheyenne encampment the night before the battle through the action the following day, the remarkable "escape" of the wounded survivor, the aftermath of the battle and his fascinating life thereafter. Professor Louise Barnett, a fellow of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, writes the Introduction.

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m miller, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by m miller)
It might help if you are interested in Custer's Last Stand when you read this book, but it is also an insightful look at how similar problems were in the late 1800's as they are today. Was there a survivor to the Last Stand? Koster makes a valid argument that this was the case. Why did the survivor keep his secret for so many years?

At first, he was afraid of being labelled a coward. Then, with the outbreak of World War I, people with a German background were viewed with hatred and made to look like they were unpatriotic. A good time to have a low profile.

When you are living under an assumed identity, one does not want to bring attention to your real identity.

With states currently trying to portray segments of our society as hated, being here illegally, and perhaps trying to revoke birthright citizenship, we can learn from this story that happened after the Civil War. Things are not always what we may think they are.

An interesting book to read with many aspects that appear familiar to modern readers.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933909035
Author:
Koster, John
Publisher:
History Publishing Co LLC
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Biography-Military
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.70 in. .80 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "For decades, Custer's 'Last Stand' at Little Big Horn has captured the American imagination. Remembered by some as the tragic result of imperialist policies and by others as a noble sacrifice for American expansion, the one thing everyone learns in school is that Custer's battle against Lakota and Cheyenne forces left no Americans alive. In this chronicle of meticulous research, handwriting analysis and document investigation, journalist Koster turns that myth on its ear: though a number of people claim to have fought at (and survived) Little Big Horn, Koster identifies the one reluctant claimant who actually did-Sergeant Frank Finkel of Company C. A carefully deconstructed historical mystery sure to thrill American history enthusiasts, Koster's narrative and methods are entirely transparent, presenting all the information and leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. Though Finkel's story isn't particularly dramatic, Koster's pursuit of the truth behind a great American myth makes for a compelling tale in itself." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , It has been recorded in official government records that there were no survivors of the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry who were with General George Armstrong Custer at the battle at the Little Big Horn. Recently, uncovered records and forensic handwriting evidence, the latter verified by forensic handwriting experts, reveal that one trooper, a sergeant in "C" Company of the Seventh Cavalry, actually escaped the onslaught of Sioux and Cheyenne. The author has tracked the man and his activity during the battle and has brought them together in "Custer Survivor.""Custer Survivor," through documented accounts recreates the scene from the Sioux and Cheyenne encampment the night before the battle through the action the following day, the remarkable "escape" of the wounded survivor, the aftermath of the battle and his fascinating life thereafter. Professor Louise Barnett, a fellow of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, writes the Introduction.
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