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Tracking real “Custer Survivors” with The Bare Bones List

The Bare Bones List is live!

My latest project on the Battle of the Little Bighorn is now available. Only in paperback.

Since 1876, at least 120 people came forward claiming to have survived the “Custer column” part of the LBH battle. While doing research on battle participants in support of another book I’m doing, I developed my own resource spanning the seven most highly respected rolls and registers of the 7th Cavalry and of the fight. The Bare Bones List is just that, a list across the best references, but without all the biographical information. It’s a great tool for historians!

Last night, I received a very encouraging email from one of the board members of the Little Bighorn Associates:

“It’s obvious you have taken a lot of time to research your work. I do not have Fred Wagner‘s new book as yet, however, your references seem to be in good order. Overall, I was impressed with your meticulous detail on compiling this list. Including the alias names of both the 7th Cavalry men as well as the Indians was excellent and thorough.  Hammer’s new and expanded edition of Biographies of the 7th Cavalry, published in 1995, only included the aliases for the 7th Cavalry soldiers.  I will only mention one other possible Indian alias that was not included and that would be Gall.  He was originally identified as Pizi, but would later be called Gall after he was observed eating the gallbladder of a freshly killed buffalo. However, I don’t know if this would be pertinent to your list. Again, you did an excellent job on compiling this list and I truly believe it will be a welcome edition for anyone who studies Custer, the 7th Cavalry, and the Plains Indians.”

From the Amazon page: “This comprehensive list includes the names of personnel affiliated, assigned or attached to the 7th Cavalry immediately before the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Using the some of the most recognized works on the registers of Custer’s unit, this list is also checked again Roger Williams’ “Military Register of Custer’s Last Command.” This book is unique, providing a cross-reference of names from the most authoritative 7th Cavalry rolls.”



One comment on “Tracking real “Custer Survivors” with The Bare Bones List

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This entry was posted on June 19, 2012 by in Books, Custer, Little Bighorn and tagged , , .
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