Custer was in command of Fort Lincoln at the time of his fateful expedition to the Little Big Horn. This book describes everyday life for the soldiers, including their food, entertainment, and weapons.
Author: Lee Chambers
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Discover one of Americas most important 19th century forts. Initially constructed for infantry troops in the Dakota Territory, Fort Abraham Lincoln was changed to house both infantry and cavalry troops to protect construction crews building the Northern Pacific Railroad. The first commanding officer was Civil War hero Major General George Armstrong Custer, with his famous 7th Cavalry. Custer was in command of Fort Lincoln at the time of his fateful expedition to the Little Big Horn. This book describes everyday life for the soldiers, including their food, entertainment, and weapons. Every building is described in detail and shown 200 blueprints, historic and recent photographs are included. Historians will relish this comprehensive new presentation.
Fort Abraham Lincoln Post Returns, Dec. 1875–May 1876, NARA; biographical
information from obituary notice, Mt. Vernon (Ky.) Signal, Feb. 26, 1909, historic
newspaper archives, Kentucky Virtual (Digital) Library, University of Kentucky, ...
Author: James Madison DeWolf
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
In spring 1876 a physician named James Madison DeWolf accepted the assignment of contract surgeon for the Seventh Cavalry, becoming one of three surgeons who accompanied Custer’s battalion at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Killed in the early stages of the battle, he might easily have become a mere footnote in the many chronicles of this epic campaign—but he left behind an eyewitness account in his diary and correspondence. A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn is the first annotated edition of these rare accounts since 1958, and the most complete treatment to date. While researchers have known of DeWolf’s diary for many years, few details have surfaced about the man himself. In A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn, Todd E. Harburn bridges this gap, providing a detailed biography of DeWolf as well as extensive editorial insight into his writings. As one of the most highly educated men who traveled with Custer, the surgeon was well equipped to compose articulate descriptions of the 1876 campaign against the Indians, a fateful journey that began for him at Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory, and ended on the battlefield in eastern Montana Territory. In letters to his beloved wife, Fannie, and in diary entries—reproduced in this volume exactly as he wrote them—DeWolf describes the terrain, weather conditions, and medical needs that he and his companions encountered along the way. After DeWolf’s death, his colleague Dr. Henry Porter, who survived the conflict, retrieved his diary and sent it to DeWolf’s widow. Later, the DeWolf family donated it to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Now available in this accessible and fully annotated format, the diary, along with the DeWolf’s personal correspondence, serves as a unique primary resource for information about the Little Big Horn campaign and medical practices on the western frontier.
George Armstrong Custer celebrated his thirty-fifth birthday on December 5, 1874
, at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Whether he took time for reflection
during the day is unknown. Most likely, he did not. He preferred not to measure
Author: Jeffry D. Wert
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Draws on previously overlooked documents to probe the puzzles that have continued to mark the legendary general's life and career