©1894 Frazier & Robert Hunt; (P)2003 Book in Motion
A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
If you are a Custer, military or American History addict, this should keep you happy. I greatly enjoyed the narrator's style who made me feel I was sitting down with the Old Sargeant. Listening to someone who was there at the Little Big Horn; hearing about his friends; how his regiment looked after Commanche, the horse that was the only living thing to survive on the Cavalry's side; how they found the body of Custer. So much better than the endless surveys of who said what and did what with orders and whose fault it was. Just the facts, as remembered by the reminiscences of a Medal of Honor recipient; reflections on Custer at the personal level; his love and respect for Captain Bentine; his fond memories of comrades. And that indelible integrity of an old soldier who had seen it all.
Sgt. Windolph was a German Immigrant who left Germany to avoid another European conflict, and ends up in the army as their were no other jobs in the US. I had recently read "The Last Stand" which was excellent and this is a great addition as Windolph was with Benteen and Reno's groups. This is a great account of those days in June, and it adds others as the interview with Windolph is only part of this book. He even goes over the period as they went to see the remains of Custers last stand as there were no immigrant survivors in Custers battle.
If you liked Nathaniel Philbrick's The last stand. This book is a perfect addition to the facts learned in Philbricks history of the battle.
A point of view from a Bentine admirer that supports a opinion from the troops that lived with the fallen soldiers.
Outstanding historical account(s)
Liked them all
It shows the general attitudes of their time (European towards Native Americans). Attitudes move along social/political waves throughout the minefields of time. This account illistrates very well what happens when (at times) we step on a mine and re-adjust. SGT Windolph recalls the battle AND attitudes with a chilling innocence.
Must have for anyone interested in the "Indian Wars"
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