By Nathaniel Philbrick
"An engrossing and tautly written account of a serious bankruptcy in American history." -Los Angeles Times
Nathaniel Philbrick, writer of In the center of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower,and Valiant Ambition, is a historian with a different skill to carry background to lifestyles. The final Stand is Philbrick's huge reappraisal of the epochal conflict on the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave start to the legend of Custer's final Stand. Bringing a wealth of latest info to his topic, in addition to his attribute literary aptitude, Philbrick info the collision among American icons- George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull-that either events needed to prevent, and brilliantly explains how the conflict that ensued has been formed and reshaped by means of nationwide fantasy.
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Block-and-tackle systems attached to the tops of the spars were then led to a pair of steam-powered capstans. As the capstans winched the bow into the air on the crutchlike spars, the stern wheel drove the boat up and over the bar. ” It might take hours, sometimes days, to make it over a particularly nasty stretch of river bottom, but grasshoppering meant that a riverboat was now something more than a means of transportation. It was an invasive species of empire. In the beginning, furs lured the boats up the Missouri; by the 1860s, it was gold that drew them as far north and west as Fort Benton, twenty-three hundred miles above the mouth of the Missouri and almost in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
The plan was for Custer’s Seventh Cavalry to march west from Fort Lincoln in the Dakota Territory as troops led by Colonel John Gibbon marched east from Fort Ellis in the Montana Territory and troops under General George Crook marched north from Fort Fetterman in the Wyoming Territory. Each of these converging groups of soldiers was referred to as a column—as in Custer’s Dakota Column—and with luck at least one of the columns would find the Indians. C. A Democrat-controlled congressional committee wanted him to testify about corruption within the War Department of Grant’s Republican administration.
Custer’s smile is the ultimate mystery of this story, the story of how America, the land of liberty and justice for all, became in its centennial year the nation of the Last Stand. S. Army’s Seventh Cavalry. This was Marsh’s first trip up the Missouri since the ice and snow had closed the river the previous fall, and like any good pilot he was carefully studying how the waterway had changed. Every year, the Missouri—at almost three thousand miles the longest river in the United States—reinvented itself.