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American Exploration and Travel Series #32: March of the Montana Column: A Prelude in the Custer Disaster

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In the vast body of material dealing with Custer's "last stand," the journal kept by young Lieutenant James H. Bradley of the Seventh Infantry is at once graphic, incisive, and of first-rate historical importance. It is also little known.

It records in detail the major incidents of the march of the Montana Column, under command of Colonel John Gibbon, to participate in the Sioux campaign of 1876. Beginning on March 17, when five companies of the regiment left Fort Shaw, it traces the progress of the column and ends abruptly with the entry for June 26, when Gibbon's command camped on the site of present Crow Agency, Montana, amid abundant indications that Custers Seventh Cavalry had met with disaster. A letter written by Bradley describing the finding of the bodies on the Custer battlefield on the Little Big Horn is appended to provide a fitting conclusion.

Bradley's journal, however, is much more than an account of a military command moving through unsettled country against a primitive foe. The Lieutenant was a gifted writer with definite scientific and historical interests, a man of infinite curiosity, who not only recorded the daily progress but also added "historical notices of the country traversed." His description of the grief of the Crow scouts on hearing the first news of the disaster of the Little Big Horn is a classic in the literature of the American West. A rare treat for all readers interested in the Indian wars, the journal was first published in a limited edition in 1896.

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It records in detail the major incidents of the march of the Montana Column, under command of Colonel John Gibbon, to participate in the Sioux campaign of 1876. Beginning on March 17, when five companies of the regiment left Fort Shaw, it traces the progress of the column and ends abruptly with the entry for June 26, when Gibbon's command camped on the site of present Crow Agency, Montana, amid abundant indications that Custer’s Seventh Cavalry had met with disaster. A letter written by Bradley describing the finding of the bodies on the Custer battlefield on the Little Big Horn is appended to provide a fitting conclusion.

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This is a journal kept by Lieutenant James H. Bradley of the Seventh Infantry, which records in considerable detail the major incidents of the march of the Montana Column, under the command of Colonel John Gibbon, from Fort Shaw to Fort Ellis to participate in the Sioux campaign of 1876. Bradley was engaged in putting his journal into shape from field when he was called to fight another Indian campaign, agains Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces, from which he never returned. So, as not to leave an unfinished story, a letter written by Bradley describing the finding of the bodies of Custer's commanded, is appended to the Journal.

About the Author

James H. Bradley was an Ohioan who enlisted in the Union Army at the age of seventeen. Remaining in the army after the Civil War, he attained the rank of lieutenant and was sent West to fight the Indians. He was engaged in putting his journal into shape from field notes when he was called to fight another Indian campaign, against Chief Joseph of the Nez Perc�s, from which he never returned, being killed in action at the Battle of the Big Hole in August, 1877.

Edgar I. Stewart, who provided an illuminating introduction and notes, was a distinguished Western historian, perhaps best known for his incomparable account of the events leading to the Custer disaster-Custer's Luck, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806123165
Editor:
Bradley, James H.
Designed:
Hedren, Paul L.
Foreword by:
Hedren, Paul L.
Foreword:
Hedren, Paul L.
Editor:
Stewart, Edgar I.
Author:
Stewart, Edgar I.
Author:
Bradley, James H.
Author:
Hedren, Paul L.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dakota indians
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
Subject:
Crow indians
Subject:
Montana Description and travel.
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
1st paperback printing.
Series:
American Exploration and Travel Series
Series Volume:
32
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 bandw illus., 1 map
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.36x5.45x.64 in. .61 lbs.

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It records in detail the major incidents of the march of the Montana Column, under command of Colonel John Gibbon, to participate in the Sioux campaign of 1876. Beginning on March 17, when five companies of the regiment left Fort Shaw, it traces the progress of the column and ends abruptly with the entry for June 26, when Gibbon's command camped on the site of present Crow Agency, Montana, amid abundant indications that Custer’s Seventh Cavalry had met with disaster. A letter written by Bradley describing the finding of the bodies on the Custer battlefield on the Little Big Horn is appended to provide a fitting conclusion.

"Synopsis" by , This is a journal kept by Lieutenant James H. Bradley of the Seventh Infantry, which records in considerable detail the major incidents of the march of the Montana Column, under the command of Colonel John Gibbon, from Fort Shaw to Fort Ellis to participate in the Sioux campaign of 1876. Bradley was engaged in putting his journal into shape from field when he was called to fight another Indian campaign, agains Chief Joseph of the Nez Perces, from which he never returned. So, as not to leave an unfinished story, a letter written by Bradley describing the finding of the bodies of Custer's commanded, is appended to the Journal.
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