Dear Friends and Readers: The Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought along the ridges, steep bluffs, and ravines of the Little Bighorn River, in south central Montana on June 25-26, 1876. I am honored and privileged to be here today, with my many friends – historians, scholars, authors, artists and visitors to the Battlefield. The National Park Service folks here at the Montana Battlefield have described it as: “The combatants were warriors of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, battling men of the 7th Regiment of the U.S. Cavalry. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has come to symbolize the clash of two vastly dissimilar cultures: the buffalo/horse culture of the northern plains tribes, and the highly industrial/agricultural based culture of the U.S., which was advancing primarily from the east coast. This battle was not an isolated soldier versus warrior confrontation, but part of a much larger strategic campaign designed to force the capitulation of the non-reservation Lakota and Cheyenne.” A fateful day for all so unfortunate to be at that place on that day.
Hello Readers and Friends, Joined everyone in Rapid City for the Little Big Horn Associates Conference and visited the historical sites. Toured the Custer camp of 1874 where gold was first found. Sorry, didn't find any to take home :-) Visited the Crazy Horse Monument, was in absolute awe along with everyone else. Arrived in Hardin on Sunday afternoon. Started to walk the Battlefield Monday. It was hot, but didn't make a difference we were all too immersed in "living the history." Hey, just got news from my publicist that I have a gig at the Gettysburg Heritage Center over the July 4th weekend. Maybe I'll see some of you then. In the meantime, I'm right here at the Little Big Horn Battlefield with my good friends along with Sandy Barnard, Paul Hedren, Jim Donovan, and the rest of the gang at the Dairy Queen! our nightly haunt.
Well, there’s the good news and the bad news. The good news is I have seen the galley proofs of Artifacts of the Little Big Horn it has met and exceeded my expectations. It is going to be a stunning book. The bad news is it is almost complete and in production...almost. Unfortunately, it will not be available for the 140th anniversary of the battle, and, in fact, the release date is late September 2016. I fought the hard fight to get it out in time, but my publisher’s cost and scheduling priorities won out. Undaunted, we hope to begin taking advance orders at the Little Big Horn Associates conference in Rapid City, SD, in mid-June, and at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument anniversary event near Hardin, Montana over the 25th of June. We will have advertising material so folks can take a peek at what is inside, and pre-order forms. I think you are going to love this book.
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