Scalp Mountain, first chapter

Colum McNeal was almost out of luck. He was running from his father’s hired killers, from an old acquaintance who hated him but wouldn’t say why, and from an Apache with a grudge.

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Robert Utley Talks Billy, Custer and Sitting Bull

Was Custer really unfaithful to Libbie and was he unfaithful with an Indian
woman?
I believe, and so contended in my biography of Custer, that he was sleeping with the Cheyenne Monaseeta while in camp after the Washita fight, Utley said.

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Indians, Cavalry, Custer and Sand Creek

“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.”

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Texas and Sam Houston: The Measure of a Man

I have taken a lot of flack for Mason Lohman, another Scalp Mountain character. Lohman is obsessed with Colum, sexually and emotionally. If I could save Lohman, I would. It would have been better for Lohman, and Colum, if Lohman had walked away from his feelings, if he had started a new life, if he had searched for peace somewhere on this chaotic, painful planet. He can’t. Lohman is at the mercy of his obsession.
Until he stakes everything on one roll of the dice: To destroy his obsession.

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