Several years ago I purchased a copy of author Paul Hedren's book entitled "Powder River" so I thought I'd give this new copy by Paul Hedren a try as well. I had difficulty with the detail in "Powder River" to the extent that I never finished it but since Robert Utley is an authority on western history and he calls this book the "definitive history of the Rosebud" I thought I'd purchase a copy. I would certainly have to agree with Mr. Utley since this book covers every possible detail a reader might want to know as well as some details a reader may choose to omit.
I did learn some interesting things about the battle such as General Crook never fired a shot during the battle and the battleground covered about four miles in area but, like "Powder River" the detail was enough for me to put the book down and go on to other books for awhile. I fear other readers like myself might become discouraged and some even may not bother to complete the book.
The battle pits General Crook and his army along with his Crow and Shoshone allies against the enemy Sioux and Cheyenne tribes. Two interesting anecdotes involves the Cheyenne tribe referring to this fight as "The battle where the girl saved her brother." This involved Buffalo Calf Road Woman riding up to her defenseless brother, Comes in Sight, and giving him a ride on her horse to escape certain death. Also, Jack Red Cloud, the son of Chief Red Cloud wearing his father's headdress and carrying his father's Winchester gun while running away after becoming unhorsed and run down by a Crow scout. Rather than kill Jack Red Cloud the Crow scout embarrassed him for wearing honors that didn't belong to him and for abandoning his horse's bridle.
I found the part of the book following the battle until the end to be the most interesting but the mind-numbing detail prior to the battle proved to be too much, at least for me. The book contains three sets of photos for a total of 61 pages of pictures. The author has done a considerable amount of research in writing this book but if you would like a more condensed version of the battle I would suggest you read Neil Mangum's book entitled "The Battle of the Rosebud-Prelude to the Little Big Horn."