Clash of cultures -- Into the West -- The West at war -- Against the backdrop of the Civil War -- Indian wars of the postwar decade -- The 1876 campaign and the Great Sioux War -- A culture eclipsed -- The Southwest, the last theater -- Wounded Knee
Prologue: a good day to die -- The divine injunction -- "The boy general of the golden lock" -- Patriots -- Outside the states -- Belknap's Anaconda -- "Submitt to Uncl Sam or kill the 7 hors" -- "The hide and seek for Sitting Bull" -- The fruits of insubordination -- The Seventh rides out -- The trail to the greasy grass -- On the jump -- The charge -- "The savior of the Seventh" -- Soldiers falling -- The hill -- "Death was all around us" -- The rescue -- "All the world has gone" -- The lost captain -- For the honor of the regiment -- Ghosts dancing
In June of 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame. The truth, however, was far more complex. This is the first book to relate the entire story, and the first to call upon all the research and findings of the past 25 years--which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the U.S. Army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in U.S. military history.--From publisher description.