New to the Custer Collection – January 2017
The Lawrence A. Frost Collection of Custeriana is a multimedia collection that includes over 5000 books, videos, numerous images, journals, newspaper articles, sound recordings and art work. It focuses on the life of General George A. Custer which includes his academic work at West Point, his heroic participation in the Civil War and his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Check out these new books that have been added to the collection.
Custer, the Civil War and the Graphic Novel
Best known for his work in Batman and the Green Arrow series, author Chuck Dixon, teams up with Marvel artist, Gary Kwapisz, to create two volumes of Civil War adventure in graphic novel format. Both volumes contain stories about the boy general, George Armstrong Custer.
Custer in Fiction
The life of General Custer continues to be a great topic for a historical novel.
Custer’s Cavalier by Thom Nicholson. Set during the Civil War, John Whyte leaves England and the service of her majesty, to fight for the Union cause under Brigadier General George A. Custer in the 5th Michigan Cavalry.
Into the Unknown Country by Michael McEwen Randall. Young Mac Durant comes of age with the Seventh Cavalry and makes his own stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Biographies New to the Collection
Isaiah Dorman: Interpreting the Evidence by Lilah Morton Pengra. Isaiah Dorman was the only African-American to die at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His life has largely been a mystery until now. Pengra’s research uncovers the hidden story behind this man. (See the blog post Custer’s Black White Man for a brief introduction to his life)
Soldier, Sister, Spy, Scout: Women Soldiers and Patriots on the Western Frontier by Chris Enss and Joann Chartier. This is a collection of thirteen brief biographies of strong women who faced the western frontier, including a chapter on Elizabeth Bacon Custer.
Vermont’s Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861 -1871 edited by Richard A. Hanks. Higley enthusiastically enlisted early in the Civil War and by 1863 was serving on Custer’s staff as a brigade ordnance officer.
The Civil War
Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight by William J. Miller. George Custer, and his West Point friend Thomas Rosser, clash in the Shenandoah Valley. Author William Miller offers new research and insight into this confrontation.
Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 by Bruce M. Venter. Author and historian Bruce Venter reveals new documentation in the failed Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid.
“The Old Songs” St. Paul Grand Army of the Republic. Enjoy this reprint of Camp-Fire lyrics compiled for the 30th National Encampment of the St. Paul Grand Army of the Republic.
The Indian Wars
Artifacts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors by Will Hutchison. Beautiful photographic essay on the artifacts found after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Divided into independent sections between the 7th Cavalry and Native – American artifacts, this includes biographies of both the military and the Native-American figures significant to the battle.
The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens. Award winning author Peter Cozzens creates a definitive history on the American Indian Wars.