Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight: New Sources of Indian-military History

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Richard G. Hardorff
U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 211 pages
"Compelling reading . . . Lakota Recollections is based on the common-sense notion that historians should consult [Lakota and Cheyenne] warriors' comments about the Battle of the Little Bighorn".-Old West. "[Hardorff's] editing manages to put these often contradictory accounts into their proper perspectives".-Little Big Horn Associates Newsletter. "The collection [gives] a compelling description of the battle scene [and] coherence to the chaotic events that surrounded the conflict".-Los Angeles Westerners Corral. The fifteen Sioux (and one Cheyenne) who speak in Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight witnessed Custer's Last Stand. Their testimony sheds light on what happened at the Little Bighorn on the bloodiest of Sundays, June 25, 1876. Flying Hawk, Standing Bear, He Dog, Red Feather, Moving Robe Woman, Eagle Elk, White Bull, Hollow Horn Bear, and other Indian survivors of the Custer fight were interviewed during the early decades of the twentieth century by men genuinely interested in the historical truth, including Judge Eli S. Ricker, General Hugh L. Scott, John G. Neihardt, and Walter S. Campbell. The interviews are collected here with introductions and notes by the editor. Richard G. Hardorff is the author of Hokahey! A Good Day to Die! The Indian Casualties of the Custer Fight and Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Battle. Jerome A. Greene is a historian with the National Park Service and author of Yellowstone Command: Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877 (Nebraska 1991).
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
9
The Respects Nothing Interview
25
The Nicholas Ruleau Interview
37
The Flying Hawk Interview
49
The Standing Bear Interview
57
The Iron Hawk Interview
63
The He Dog Interview
73
The White Bull Interview
107
The Two Moons Interview
129
The Two Eagles Interview
141
The Lone Bear Interview
153
The Lights Interview
163
The Hollow Horn Bear Interview
177
The Julia Face Interview
187
Bibliography
195

The Red Feather Interview
81
The Moving Robe Woman Interview
91
The Eagle Elk Interview
99

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Richard G. Hardorff is the author of Hokahey! A Good Day to Die! The Indian Casualties of the Custer Fight and Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Battle. Jerome A. Greene is a historian with the National Park Service and author of Yellowstone Command: Colonel Nelson A. Miles and the Great Sioux War, 1876?1877 (Nebraska 1991).

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