Custer Survivor
John Koster

On June 25, 1876 in the valley of the Little Big Horn River, the combined forces of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors responded to the surprise attack on their quiet village by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry. Quickly reversing the momentum of the cavalry charge, the warriors pushed the five companies of troopers with Custer to the crest of a hill and then annihilated them.

It is commonly believed that the 210 troopers under Custer’s command were killed to the last man. Careless military reports and inadequate record keeping allowed this belief to stand. Re-enforced by notions of romance, declared a national sacrifice by demagogues, endless literary output, and later, 20th Century film makers, the belief grew into one of mythological proportions.

Through carefully-detailed research and forensic evidence, Custer Survivor reveals that the five companies were not killed to the last man. One trooper did escape, through inadvertent action, from the deadly encirclement of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. He was the Second Sergeant of C Company. Custer Survivor is the story of the man, how he escaped, his ensuing ordeal and the subsequent years of his successful life. This is the book that corrects the record and makes complete the history of Custer’s Last Stand.

The introduction to Custer Survivor is by Custer historian Louise Barnett of Rutgers University, author of Touched by Fire.


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