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Foreword INDIES announced their 2016 winners on Saturday night and Artifacts of Little Big Horn was named the GOLD winner in their Reference category!
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“They won the battle, but lost the war” summarizes Mr. Hutchinson’s approach to the Battle of the Little Big Horn and the route of Custer’s troops. The U.S. persisted in a relentless military campaign to drive the natives into reservations under their control, while the remnant under Sitting Bull found that the Canadian “Mounties” who were both policemen and magistrates stressed cooperation, provided they observe Canadian law. Click the PLAY button below, to listen to the Podcast.
Everyone needs to recharge now and then. Last week, we were lucky enough to combine a bit of recharging with a bit of book marketing. We needed the recharge because we lost our beloved Sheltie, Robbie, a short time ago. And as many of you know, a pet is a member of the family and the loss is tough to handle. So, we decided to go to one of our favorite spots, Santa Fe, New Mexico. We just wanted to hang out, visit some friends, and see if any of the museums might like to carry the new book. We learned once again that sometimes you get blindsided, as I did, but it was awesome!
A very good friend texted me and told me to check out my book on Amazon. Wow! I saw that my latest book, Artifacts of the Battle of Little Big Horn, made the Number One Best Seller on Amazon in its category. Apparently, it was also in the top 40 books overall. I know Amazon updates their ratings frequently, but it is good to know it made it. Sort of makes all the work involved in photographing and writing worth it. I am really very humbled and privileged - Thank you readers and friends.
This last weekend was both great and melancholy for me. It was Remembrance Day in Gettysburg where a massive hour-long parade of Union and Confederate living history units marched to honor those who fought here so many years ago. I was a part of one unit for many years – the 2nd and 4th US Infantry, “Sykes Regulars” of the National Regiment.
It was melancholy for me because the Gettysburg Heritage Center is located right on the parade route, near its end point. During the parade itself there were few folks inside the Center, so I had time to walk out and watch the National Regiment pass by. The 5th New York (Duryea’s) Zouaves were in the lead, in the position of honor as the left flank company, and Sykes’ US Regulars brought up the rear with the honor of being the right flank company. They were sharp as a tack, and, as always, I was proud, although a bit sad that I was not marching with my friends. You see I haven’t actually been in the field with the Regiment for the past few years. Nevertheless, many of my old pards managed to glance their eyes sideways and wink or smile when they saw me on the roadside. I saluted the National Regiment’s Color as it passed by my position, and gave them my biggest smile as the companies went by one by one.
I remembered when each year Col. Terry Daley, the first commander of the National Regiment, and I, as the then Adjutant, would stand along the parade route in front of the Farnsworth House while the Regiment conducted a Pass in Review – band playing – eyes right – to salute their Colonel. It was my honor to serve, and I miss those days. I guess it’s just another small reason for calling it Remembrance Day. At least for me it is.
As for me, I was very fortunate to be a featured author, on Saturday and Sunday, at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, formerly known as the wax museum. Although the Center featured all of my books, I especially liked to talk to folks about my newest book and the Battle of Little Big Horn and its famous participants George Custer and Sitting Bull. Thanks to Tammy Meyers and her staff for all their help in a successful couple of days.
I think everyone would agree it was a great weekend. The weather was a fine autumn day, the parade was amazing, and there was a special appearance, of actor and education advocate, LeVar Burton at the National Cemetery where he commemorated Lincoln’s Address.
I am very pleased to share another event with you.
It is the iconic commemorative event of Gettysburg Remembrance Day.
So many folks that study history and its lessons, who respect and revere all those that became a part of the Gettysburg history come together to pay tribute to that history. This year I will be at the Gettysburg Heritage Center where we can meet and say “hello.” And to discuss George Custer’s role in the Gettysburg Battle and his eventual fate in the Battle of Little Big Horn, a principal focus in my new book Artifacts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors." The Heritage Center has a great museum, gift shop and educational tools. Stop in on Saturday, November 19th, 12pm to 2pm and Sunday, November 20th, 12pm to 2pm, Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA.
It’s been a week or so since our first book event to introduce my latest photographic endeavor, Artifacts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors. The response to our invitation was so overwhelming that I needed some time to reflect on the entire evening and how to tell you about it before I started this blog.
First, it was such a privilege to be hosted by the Adams County Arts Council Center. It’s a place where the arts inspire, engage and entertain people everyday. I thought it was the perfect setting to present a work of historical photography.
Just as the program was set to begin, I looked out toward the Main Gallery entrance, and the line was literally out the door. I could feel the energy in the room….it seemed like magic was in the air. Chris Glatfelter, the Director of the Center, kicked-off the program by introducing our “MC” Stan McGee, from the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry. Stan outlined the program for the evening and introduced Chris Ziegler, National Park Service at Hardin, Montana. Chris described how the project to photograph and write about the artifacts of Little Big Horn started initially, and how I got permission to photograph the entire onsite National Park collection of those artifacts.
I felt very honored that Ted Streeter, the Mayor of Gettysburg, came to participate in our event. The Mayor introduced Chris Gwinn, a Supervisor Park Ranger at the Gettysburg National Park, and me. Chris interviewed me “Charlie Rose” style, using his Masters Degree in Public History to help the audience explore lesser-known aspects of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Through his questions we were able to shine a light on the tension between morals and duty; explore the varying points of view about Custer’s actions and the strategy of the 7th Cavalry; and describe the fate of the Indian Warriors at the battle. Our discussion highlighted how the history of a battle so well known to millions around the world is also filled with lots of mystery and lore.
I want to thank the table of historians, including Bruce Liddic and Dave Harrington, who kept me on the right track. Thanks to all those who waited in line for me to sign their book, their awesome comments and to the fantastic team that put the event together.
Just to wind up, I simply cannot adequately express my gratitude to all the people who shared the evening with me and made this unforgettable evening possible.
Hello Friends, and Readers, the past weekend was one that we always look forward to spending with fellow authors and the staff of Schiffer Publishing. Each year Schiffer hosts a family-style get-together for its authors, distributors, agents and staff. We get to meet and socialize with everyone that makes publishing possible for us. I got a chance to talk with my editor, Bob Biondi, and tell him that he did a super job on the layout of my latest book Artifacts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors. Also, I got to thank Jamie Elfrank, the marketing champ, for all her efforts during my June trip to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and to solve a few current problems. She really came through. Of course, it was especially great to talk to Pete Schiffer, CEO, about the book and all the upcoming events. A couple of my fellow authors shared a sneak preview of their soon to be published books: Discovering Princeton, by Jennifer Jang and Wiebke Martens and Gulls of North America, by Fred Shaffer. It was a fun day, great food and a wonderful time to catch up with the folks at Schiffer, thank a lot of people that make “it” all happen, and make new friends.
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