Custer's Ghosts and Custer's Gold
Donald W. Moore
2007, Montana and the West Series XVI
Signed by the Author
From our Purveyor of Books:
What's fun about opening OutWest is meeting local folks and discovering shared passions, interests, needs and wants. Recently, I had the good fortune of meeting local author Donald W. Moore who told me about this fascinating, recently published book on Custer. Now, I'm a Custer enthusiast so I was excited to learn about this book. Then, just a few weeks later I met a fellow Chamber of Commerce member whose husband is a Custer relative. She was equally eager to learn of this book. I hope you will be too!
From the Book Jacket:
Custer, The 7th Calvary, and the Little Big Horn! The very names stir the soul - romance, adventure, gunshots, Indian fights - the old West. What happened after Custer rode down the ridge and pitched into the Indian Village? Were there any survivors? Horse and human skeletons with cavalry equipment were found on surrounding ranches.
Some say the dead of the Little Big Horn battle are still around. The author went to the battlefield hoping to see and talk to some of the ghosts that are reputed to have been there. Benny Hodgson could tell us if Reno panicked or was simply overwhelmed; Custer could recount what happened to his two Bulldog pistols and his Remington sporting rifle.
What happened to the pay, watches, religious items, and other personal possessions of Custer and his men-the so-called Custer treasure? Did Captain Marsh of the Far West hide a fortune in gold? Did Custer bury cases of Spencer rifles during the 1874 old expedition?
Custer's Ghosts and Custer's Gold will try to answer some of these questions by research and witness interviews. Good hunting through these pages!
About the Cover Image:
On Decoration Day 1897, nearly twenty-one years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, memorial exercises were held on the battlefield where General George A. Custer and all of his 263 officers and men under his command were killed by Sioux Indians. The dead were buried where they fell, a white marble slab marking each grave. A white cross stands where Custer's body was found. The first exposure for this photo was made at the battlefield where Custer fell, and the second was made by accident during a re-enactment program, catching Bloody Knife as he appeared in a war dance costume; he with over two hundred Crow and Cheyenne Indians were holding a war dance in the valley just below the battlefield. Was it mere chance, or did the camera see more clearly than eyes of men? Does the weird spectre of knife in hand forever hover over this spot, casting its grim shadow - an emblem of murder and unrest across the white shafts that tell of peace and faith? Or on this anniversary day, did dark eyes glow with triumph and come some red prophet of long ago, invoking the Great Spirit's vengeance for centuries of wrong? Who can tell?
---Copyrighted June 1987 by Frank Purcell, Billings,
Montana. From Richard Upton Collection
About the Author:
Donald W. Moore is a retired educator who has also been a part-time librarian at a local community college for the past thirty years. He is co-author of A Guide Book to U.S. Army Dress Helmets, and is the author of an upcoming book on U.S. Army sabers. He is a member of he Horror Writers Association, the Mystery Writers of America, The Company of Military Historians, and a longtime member of the Little Big Horn Associates. Don's fascination with the frontier cavalry began as a child with the radio series Fort Laramie, a drama about the calvary. Since then, mysteries of the Little Bighorn have served as a source of interest.
Hardcover. 190 pp. Bibliogaphy. Index. Only 1,055 copies printed.
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