READERS, Many of you know historian and author Paul Andrew Hutton from his recent book, The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. But Hutton also wrote Phil Sheridan and His Army, (a Spur Award winner) and that’s what this interview is…
The “strategy” of George Armstrong Custer’s defeat at the Little Big Horn lies in the interpretation of the orders he received from his boss, Brigadier General Alfred Howe Terry.
He is interpreting Western legend, explaining its higher meanings and defending it.
Thom Ross is the only artist who has ever created 200 full-sized figures depicting the Seventh Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne fighting at the Little Big Horn–and in 2005 the figures were actually erected on the battlefield.
Bad Hand, a Seminole Indian, makes his living in very modern ways, explaining 19th century Plains Indians, modeling, performing stunts in movies, training extras to act like Indian warriors and making crafts.
“These Indians held seven white captives, which they admitted they had in their letter asking for peace.
Soldiers tried to procure all of the (captives), but were only given four, possibly a hedging by the Indians who figured it was not a good idea to give up all their bargaining chips.”
Barnes has written books on Custer (who he defends), Buffalo Bill and High Plains’ U.S. Army forts, is a fifth generation Nebraskan and bases his career on his native state.