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Custer's Last Campaign: Mitch Boyer and the Little Bighorn Reconstructed Paperback – August 1, 1993
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One evening I was lucky to sit next to John Gray in an auditorium on the Colorado State University campus in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Gray lived in this town not far north of me. He and I met in 1981 and we were catching up on things. We were waiting for a presentation by Douglas Scott, archaeologist for the National Park Service, about the 1984 archaeological dig at Custer Battlefield. Scott presented an incredible story of artifacts found on the battlefield, human remains and what this data might mean to the story of Custer's Last Stand.
Found near markers 33 and 34, along the Deep Ravine Trail, about 350 yards from Last Stand Hill were human remains including part of a jawbone, nasal cavity and eye orbit. Among the remains were found a mother-of-pearl button, soldier cartridges and warrior bullets. After extensive study of the remains, the forensic anthropologist determined that this person was of Caucasian-Mongoloid mix. The mother-of-pearl button suggested he was wearing civilian clothing. He was probably part of the Custer Battalion because of the solider cartridges and Indian bullets fired towards him. Only one person fit this picture, Mitch Boyer. Scott felt confident this was the case. After this announcement I turned to Gray and asked him how he felt now knowing Mitch Boyer was identified. Gray sat in awe and he said that now he could write the final chapter.
I recommend this book for many reasons.Read more ›
What we have here are two books in one. The first book, in 180 pages, traces the life and career of guide and translator Mitch Boyer. At first one might dismiss such a goal as impossible, but Gray is equal to the task, and Boyer emerges as a convincing, consistent and competent historical personage.
The second book, in about 200 pages, uses what Gray calls "time-motion studies" to trace the troop movements from June 9, 1876 to and through the culminating Battle of the Little Bighorn. His "time-motion patterns" are what physicists call "world lines," with one space dimension as the vertical axis, and time as the horizontal axis. Where these diagrams indicate the interactions between a dozen separated groups they virtually amount to the classical equivalent of Feynman diagrams--- tools used by theoretical physicists to disentangle the various processes occurring in the realm where relativistic quantum physics hold sway.
The Mitch Boyer connection between the first and second parts of the book occurs because Boyer was the only scout who chose to stay with and die with Custer's columns.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent description and analysis, perhaps the best. Only a full description of Reno's valley fight and the events of June 25th and 26th on Reno Hill were lacking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dick Marti
a very good book , well written . I leaned a lot and enjoy itPublished 13 months ago by phillip r brown
Excellent review of the precise details with dates and times of the actual movements. Brings to life the actual events. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R. Mullen
Extraordinary book. Well researched and meticulously documents Boyer's background and Custer's last campaign. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert McDoulett
This is one of the most astonishing analyses of the LBH battle I've ever read. The crushing volume of minutiae that Gray had to reference and analyze required a level of obsession... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brian V. Hunt