New to the Custer Collection – March 2016
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.
A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign
In time for the 140th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Wiley Blackwell Publishing has made available another volume in their Companions to American History Series. A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign, edited by Brad D. Lookingbill, is a collection of essays that reflect the varying themes of study on the battle and the people who were part of this moment in history. Authors of the essays come from a wide range of academic studies which include military, Native American and American West scholarship. This volume is divided into four parts. The first creates a foundation, by introducing the reader to the state of the native tribes in 1876. The second builds on this foundation by exploring army life in the West during the Indian Wars. Next, are studies of the person of General George Armstrong Custer, his command style and the life of army wife, Elizabeth Bacon Custer. The last part ventures into the new scholarship of myth and memory that has become so popular during the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The editor hopes to attract not only “non-specialists” to the work but also hopes to forward discussion on the topic that has been studied for over 140 years but still remains in some aspects a mystery.