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With Custer At The Death
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With Custer At The Death
By Robert F. Burke

The fascination with Custer's Last Stand hasn't diminished in the decades since 1876. He led his regiment well ahead of the main body, only to run into an unprecedented gathering of Indians. The first accounts were pieced together by other soldiers arriving on the scene in the battle's aftermath, and by archaeologists in the generations since. To that information was added the reminiscences of the Indians who fought there.

Interleaving and cross-referencing all those accounts provides a minute-by-minute story of the fighting, as Custer desperately and expertly maneuvered his outnumbered troops to face repeated and well-coordinated assaults by bands of Indian warriors. The resultant narrative is supported by dozens of detailed maps and orders of battle for both sides.

This book is the final work of the late Robert F. Burke, who previously had authored meticulously researched articles on the Texas Revolution and the Alamo.

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 3.5 of 5 3.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
1 of 5 Don't buy this book. October 21, 2014
Reviewer: Jeff from St Paul, MN United States  
If you are a serious student of the Custer battle do not buy this book.  Understanding this is a highly debated battle the book "With Custer at the Death" does nothing to advance that debate.  The flaws are numerous but to name a few the timeframe for the battle takes the final action to 10pm. Also, the number of maneuvers attempted by Custer's men attempt to get out of their trap is mind numbing.  There are many serious books that cover this topic, of which this book is not one.  Sadly, if anything "With Custer at the Death" mocks the battle in my opinion.

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  3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Fascinating read February 9, 2011
Reviewer: Alan Wilson from Roswell, GA United States  
Not a battle I knew a huge amount about, so I was interested to see such a detailed account. There are some typos/spelling errors that it would have been nice to catch before printing, but that is a small matter.

Very detailed account, running the battle through to much later in the day than I'd previously realized. The one thing I would love to see would be an explanation of how he built the account - which evidence he was using and why.

All in all, definitely recommend it.

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  4 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 with custer at the death July 28, 2010
Reviewer: sharon reese from cleveland, OH United States  
This is the last writing of my brother before his passing.  Many of you are quite familiar with his other works, including the alamo.  Every detail he mentions has had such extensive research.  It is mind boggling how he pieced every bit of info available, and proved it all with his depictive drawings.  He was and always was an extraordinary writer.  Thank you so much for allowing his vision to be seen.

                                     Sharon Reese

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