The battle of the Little Bighorn, aka Custer’s Last Stand …
Let’s see, just how many books have been written about this most famous of all the battles of the Plains Indian Wars? Hundreds, of course. So why, you may ask, does just another Little Bighorn book have to warrant special attention?
Well, for one thing, in this book, my friends, Gregory Michno approaches the subject with a clear eye that carefully evaluates each and every Indian account of the battle with special attention paid to distortions slipped in by accident or design by those who recorded it.
Michno first describes his books mission in an intelligent preface, sets the stage in a part entitled “Village”
And then moves on from there into other parts entitled “Valley”, “Vantage”, “Vortex”, “Victory”, and then an epilogue entitled “Vagabonds” followed by an appendix, select bibliography, and index.
From “Valley” to “Victory” Michno approaches the subject in what he calls a “stop action mode” with an approximated time frame from 3 P.M. to 6:20 P.M. and after. Each segment of these parts focuses first on Native American accounts and then Michno analyzes them afterward to sift out what is fact or fiction, making for an engrossing narrative. The various Indians discussed even have symbols for their tribes with their initials in them places next to their story so readers can cross-reference between chapters. For example, Cheyenne have a hexagonal shape, so next to portions of the text dealing with, say, Two Moon, a hexagon with “TM” inside can be found next to it.