- Tapa blanda: 232 páginas
- Editor: Johns Hopkins University Press (15 de abril de 2010)
- Colección: Witness to History
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0801895014
- ISBN-13: 978-0801895012
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Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Witness to History) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 abr 2010
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"For interested but uninitiated readers who wish to learn about the topic, this fast moving and well-written survey will be ideal"(Booklist)
"Written in a flowing narrative, Lehman’s book makes for fascinating, if somber, reading."(Mary Pickett Billings Gazette)
"Even if you’ve sworn off Custer books, give this one a try. It’s a quick and entertaining read, yet satisfyingly thorough."(Jim Larson Billings Outpost)
"Accessible to lay readers and historians alike, with a far-reaching eye to the conflict's legacy... Highly recommended."(Midwest Book Review)
"This beautifully written monograph offers new perspectives on the various causes, consequences, and legacies of the battle... Lehman reminds readers that the stories told about the bloodshed at the Little Bighorn in June 1876 reveal a good deal about who Americans were and what they might become."(Choice)
"Lehman's is a well-researched, eloquently presented, attractive narrative that embraces historical matters of great depth and breadth. This is not a book about tactics; it is, rather, a volume that deals with the larger forces of history. Yet Lehman retains a sensitivity to the telling details throughout."(Ron McCoy Center for Great Plains Studies)
Reseña del editor
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.Ver Descripción del producto
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May 26, 2014
Lehman writes that the Seventh Cavalry was mostly a veteran unit, 3/4ths of whom had served for more than 1 year (there has always been great debate regarding the "veteran factor" of the Seventh). So that means that if a soldier served for 15 months, this somehow makes him experienced. This never made sense to me. The statistic that really matters is how many of Custer's men actually had combat experience, especially against Indians. And that number is certainly on the low end. Washita was 1868 and there were a couple of skirmishes with the Sioux in August 1873. So we're not talking about a veteran fighting unit. Even those in the army 5 or more years barely experienced any combat and target practice back then was never an army strong point (bullets cost money). Statistics can just about always be slanted to fit any point of view, but calling Custer's Seventh a largely veteran unit (in terms of an experienced fighting unit, which is what I think is implied) just never made sense to me. For my money, not only was the Seventh not a supreme fighting unit, but it was undermanned in terms of officers. How would any of this have changed the battle, I don't know. One guess is as good as another.
In recounting Crook's 1876 campaign, Lehman skips the skirmish at Tongue River Heights (June 9) and goes straight to the Rosebud (June 17). Then he writes that Crook returned to Fort Fetterman to wait for reinforcements after the Rosebud fight. In fact, he set up camp on Goose Creek, quite a ways north of Fort Fetterman. (Update: He corrects himself on p. 114.)
On more than one occasion Lehman tells of an event but doesn't give a date. So he tells about the killing of Crazy Horse but never states he was killed on September 5, 1877.
There have been some good parts, too. I enjoyed his discussion of Standing Bear and thought he made a great point on p. 142: "Standing Bear's Carlisle education became the means of preservation, not assimilation." I also liked his discussion of the events leading up to Wounded Knee (starting at p. 142 and afterward). There were some other good points throughout (if you read the book you will find them).
If you're new to this topic, you will find the book more useful than others who have been reading about these times and events for many years already. I would say four stars for newbies and 3.25 stars for aficionados and those more advanced.
May 28, 2014
The last chapter, "Still Standing," was, for me, the most enjoyable chapter in the book. Here Lehman gives an overview of the years following LBH, such as Cody's Wild West show and Hollywood movies such as They Died with Their Boots On, Fort Apache and Little Big Man. Lots of good quotes, including some that were new to me or that I had forgotten about over the years.