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Warriors at the Little Bighorn
Warriors at the Little Bighorn 1876
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by: Randy Harvey [ HARV ]


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Historicus Forma

HISTORY

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as the Battle of the Greasy Grass by the Native Americans, was a battle between combined forces of Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans against the 7th U.S. Cavalry of the United States Army. The battle occurred on June 25 and 26, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. It was a great victory for the Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho that we led by great Native American war leaders such as Crazy Horse, Gall and Sitting Bull. The U.S. Seventh Cavalry, a force of 700 men led by George Armstrong Custer, suffered a major defeat. Five of the 7th Cavalry’s companies were annihilated. Custer himself was killed, as were two of his brothers, a nephew, and a brother-in-law. The total U.S. casualty count, including scouts, was 268 dead. The Native Americans casualty count was roughly 30 dead. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has become one of the most famous battles of the Great Sioux War.

** The battle which took place on the Little Bighorn river on June 25, 1876 has passed into legend as “Custer’s Last Stand”.**

** Author’s words quoted from the back cover of the book.


THE BOOK

Osprey Publications Ltd has released Warriors at the Little Bighorn 1876 as Number 408 in their Men-at-Arms series. It is a paperback book with 48 pages. Included with the text are black and white photographs, black and white and color illustrations, an over-view map of the battlefield, and detailed captions. It has a 2004 copyright and the ISBN is 978-1-84176-666-9. As the title states, the book examines and discusses the Native American warriors at the Little Bighorn in 1876.


THE CONTENTS

Introduction
- The battle - the early researchers
- The village – numbers and tactics – warrior societies
- Pictographic art: Red Horse – Standing Bear – White Bird – Amos Bad Heart Bull
- Clothing and adornment – society regalia – horses – counting coup
- Weapons & shields: firearms – bows and arrows – bow-lances – lances – knives – clubs – sabers – tomahawks - shields

Biographical Notes & Plate Commentaries
- Rain In The Face (Plate A1)
- One Bull (Plate A2)
- Moving Robe Woman (Plate A3)
- Bad Heart Bull (Plate B1)
- Two Moon (Plate B2)
- Brave Wolf (Plate B3)
- Wooden leg (Plate C1)
- Scabby (Plate C2)
- No Two Horns (Plate C3)
- Little Bird (Plate C4)
- He Dog (Plate D1)
- Flying By (Plate D2)
- Waterman (Plate D3)
- Left Hand (Plate D4)
- Crazy Head (Plate E1)
- Sun Bear (Plate E2)
- Young Little Wolf (Plate E3)
- Standing Bear (Plate E4)
- Gall (Plate F1)
- White Elk (Plate F2)
- Fool Bull (Plate F3)
- Crazy Horse (Plate G1)
- White Bull (Plate G2)
- Noisy Walking (Plate G3)
- Antelope Woman (Plate G4)
- Yellow Nose (Plate H1)
- Black Elk (Plate H2)
- Lame White Man (Plate H3)

Bibliography
Index


THE TEXT

Richard Hook covers the Native American warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 nicely. The text in the book has been researched very well and is nicely written and extremely detailed. A good portion of the text is dedicated to specific warriors shown in what I would call a smaller sub-chapter. These sub-chapters are basically a mini history of the specific Native American shown and are a wealth of knowledge in regards to the warrior. I didn’t notice any spelling or grammatical errors as I read through the text. Grammar and spelling might not be an important factor to everyone however it is something that I take notice of and pass on my findings. I feel that if the text is well written then it shows that the author has taken the time to be a professional with their writing. Anyone interested in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Native American warriors that were present at the battle or in Native American and western history in general will find this book very informative and interesting. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the text for yourself.


THE PHOTOGRAPHS

There are a total of 42 black and white photographs shown throughout the book, including photographs of original Native American paintings and drawings. Several of the photographs are of specific Native American warriors and chiefs such as Red Horse, One Bull, Brave Wolf, Two Moon, White Bull, Crow King, Rain-In-The-Face, Short Bull, Sitting Bull, Gall and other such famous Native Americans as well as showing Native American clothing such as moccasins and leggings, weapons such as a tomahawk, Sharps rifle and the Winchester “Yellow Boy” rifle, and accoutrements such as pipe bags and other such subjects in nice detail. The majority of the photographs are nice, clear, centered and focused images and are of a good quality considering the time frames in which they were taken. The photographs will prove to be valuable to the scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Native American warriors that were present at the battle, Native American weapons and accoutrements such as horse quirts, or in Native American and western history in general. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the photographs for yourself


THE ILLUSTRATIONS

There are 8 plates of color illustrations by illustrator Richard Hook which represent some of the warriors that were present and took place in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and they are very well done. There are brief captions that accompany the illustrations that list the names of the specific warrior shown, and well written and detailed larger captions that are located in the Plates chapter. The brief captions that accompany the illustrations are laid out in an easy to read manner in a 1 through 4 type of setting. However they are not in what I would call an easy to follow layout in regards to the illustrations. Instead of listing the warriors in a clockwise or similar type of manner in relation to the images on the page they are in a random order. Those are just my thoughts on the layout of the plates and captions. The illustrations will prove to be valuable to the scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in Native American clothing, weapons, accoutrements, face (war) paint and other such helpful details of the Native American warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

The color illustrations are of the following:

Plate A
1. Rain In The Face
2. One Bull
3. Moving Robe Woman

Plate B
1. Bad Heart Bull
2. Two Moon
3. Brave Wolf

Plate C
1. Wooden Leg
2. Scabby
3. No Two Horns
4. Little Bird

Plate D
1. He Dog
2. Flying By
3. Waterman
4. Left hand

Plate E
1. Crazy Head
2. Sun bear
3. Young Little Wolf
4. Standing Bear

Plate F
1. Gall
2. White Elk
3. Fool Bull

Plate G
1. Crazy Horse
2. White Bull
3. Noisy Walking
4. Antelope Woman

Plate H
1. Yellow Nose
2. Black Elk
3. Lame White Man

Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the illustrations for yourself.


MAPS

There is 1 black and white over-view map of the battlefield provided. The map shows specific locations of individuals as well as the locations of the fighting and the names of specific geographic points. The map is a nice addition to the volume as it helps the reader better understand where the specific warriors discussed were located during the battle and where in major incidents took place. My one complaint of the map would be the fact that it is in black and white and not in color. A color map would have been much nicer and would have added more to this already fine volume.


THE INFORMATION CHARTS

There are no informational charts provided in this volume.


THE CAPTIONS

The captions that accompany the photographs are well written and are very detailed and provide very specific information in regards to the photograph or illustration that they accompany. The captions that accompany the illustrations list the name of the specific warrior shown only. They are laid out in an easy to read manner in a 1 through 4 type of setting. However they are not in what I would call an easy to follow layout in regards to the illustrations. Instead of listing the warriors in a clockwise or similar type of manner in relation to the images on the page they are in a random order. Those are just my thoughts on the layout of the plates and captions. As with the text I didn’t notice any spelling or grammatical errors as I read through the captions. As I stated before, grammar and spelling might not be an important factor to everyone however it is something that I take notice of and pass on my findings and I feel that if the text is well written then it shows that the author has taken the time to be a professional with their writing. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the captions for yourself.


CONCLUSION

All in all I am impressed with the book. This is a very nice reference book that contains nice illustrations, relevant photographs and well written captions. I would have no hesitation to add other Osprey titles to my personal library nor would I hesitate to recommend this book to others as it will be a welcome addition to one’s personal military reference library. The scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in the Native American warriors at the Little Bighorn in 1876 or the Battle of the Little Bighorn will find this volume a useful companion.


REFERENCES

Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History
Theodore Brasser
Firefly Books

Native American Hunting and Fighting Skills
Colin F. Taylor
The Lyons Press

Native American Weapons
Colin F. Taylor
The Lyons Press

The Indians
The Old West
Time/Life Books

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
An Indian History Of The American West
Dee Brown
Picador

Lakota Portraits
Lives Of The Legendary Plains People
Joseph Agonito
TwoDot

The Great Chiefs
The Old West
Time-Life Books

Warpath
The True Story of the Fighting Sioux
Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull
Stanley Vestal
Foreword by Raymond J. DeMallie
Bison Books

George Turner’s Book of American Indians
True Tales Of Great Warriors
George Turner
Baxter Lane Company

Atlas of the Sioux Wars
Second Edition
Charles D. Collins, JR.
Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Consulting Editor
Combat Studies Institute Press

Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight
New Sources of Indian-Military History
Compiled and edited by Richard G. Hardorff
Bison Books

Indian Views Of The Custer Fight
A Source Book
Compiled and Edited by Richard G. Hardorff
University of Oklahoma Press


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SUMMARY
Highs: A nice account of the Native American warriors at the Little Bighorn Nice photographs and illustrations
Lows: Nothing to really mention
Verdict: This is a very nice reference book that is well researched and details the Warriors at the Little Bighorn 1876 well.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978-1-84176-666-9
  Suggested Retail: US $17.95
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 02, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.22%

About Randy Harvey (HARV)
FROM: WYOMING, UNITED STATES

I have been in the modeling hobby off and on since my youth. I build mostly 1/35 scale. However I work in other scales for aircraft, ships and the occasional civilian car kit. I also kit bash and scratch-build when the mood strikes. I mainly model WWI and WWII figures, armor, vehic...

Copyright ©2019 text by Randy Harvey [ HARV ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



   

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