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Sergeant Charles Windolph was the last white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn when he told his story nearly 70 years later. A six-year veteran in the Seventh Cavalry, Windolph rode in the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition, and the 1874 Black Hills Expedition. He fought in Captain Benteen's troops on the fatal Sunday, and vividly recalls the battle that wiped out Custer's command. Equally vivid is the evidence marshaled by historians Frazier and Robert Hunt.
©1894 Frazier & Robert Hunt; (P)2003 Book in Motion

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  • peter
  • Pound Ridge, NY United States
  • 04-13-11

Authentic Account

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.

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  • Neil
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 11-06-12

First Person Account

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.

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Added History

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.

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Wonderful First-Person Account

If you could sum up I Fought with Custer in three words, what would they be?

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Which character – as performed by Jack Sondericker – was your favorite?

Liked them all

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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Must have for anyone interested in the "Indian Wars"

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  • NHend
  • Deep South
  • 08-06-17

Had to visit Little Big Horn after this book.

This book and "They died with Custer" were two books that pushed me to go see Little Big Horn for myself.

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Excellent perspective on a historical event

The story provides a very personal point of view on the experience of Sgt Charles Windolph. The last survivor of the 7th cavalry at the Little Bighorn.

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Very Entertaining and a lot of fun!!

Would you listen to I Fought with Custer again? Why?

Would I listen to it again - yes I would and I have 3 times to get the details better - I loved it

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Fought with Custer?

Understand the perspective from the Indians side of the fight and getting a first hand account from some of the survivors and Sergeant Windolph

Which scene was your favorite?

Well the last stand

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well maybe not in one setting - but it didn't take me long to read it

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  • Carl
  • 04-19-11

Absorbing

Totally enjoyed this book, and felt as though I was there, to hear the old soliders recollection of this famous historic event was gripping. Anybody who has an interest in the wild west, or Custer will enjoy this aspect of the events.

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