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Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Witness to History)


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Commonly known as Custer's Last Stand, the Battle of Little Bighorn may be the best recognized violent conflict between the indigenous peoples of North America and the government of the United States. Incorporating the voices of Native Americans, soldiers, scouts, and women, Tim Lehman's concise, compelling narrative will forever change the way we think about this familiar event in American history.

On June 25, 1876, General George Armstrong Custer led the United States Army's Seventh Cavalry in an attack on a massive encampment of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians on the bank of the Little Bighorn River. What was supposed to be a large-scale military operation to force U.S. sovereignty over the tribes instead turned into a quick, brutal rout of the attackers when Custer's troops fell upon the Indians ahead of the main infantry force. By the end of the fight, the Sioux and Cheyenne had killed Custer and 210 of his men. The victory fueled hopes of freedom and encouraged further resistance among the Native Americans. For the U.S. military, the lost battle prompted a series of vicious retaliatory strikes that ultimately forced the Sioux and Cheyenne into submission and the long nightmare of reservation life.

This briskly paced, vivid account puts the battle's details and characters into a rich historical context. Grounded in the most recent research, attentive to Native American perspectives, and featuring a colorful cast of characters, Bloodshed at Little Bighorn elucidates the key lessons of the conflict and draws out the less visible ones. This may not be the last book you read on Little Bighorn, but it should be the first.

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Many may be surprised to learn that the first people to mourn the news of Custer's defeat on June 25, 1876 at the battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana were the Crow Indians, enemy of the Sioux. Lehman (history, Rocky Mountain College, Billings) traces the events and attitudes leading to the fatal battle and its legacy of raising Native hopes and U.S. retaliatory policies. The book includes a map of the site of the battle at Little Bighorn, an Indian pictographic view of the battle, images of the key players, and suggested further reading. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

Lehman, Tim
Johns Hopkins University Press
Little bighorn, battle of the, mont., 1876
Sitting Bull
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
United States - 19th Century
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Military - United States
Native American
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Witness to History
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8.98x6.02x.57 in. .70 lbs.

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