- BOOK REVIEW -
One of the best specialists of the American West is back with a new book - a masterpiece.
THE NEW BROOME!
Few specialists are as appreciated on custerwest.org as Jeff Broome. The quality of his research makes him one of the best specialists of Custeriana and the whole American West today, and it is an honor to have some of his articles on this history portal.
After paying tribute to Indian captive Susanna Alderdice and pioneers in Kansas (Dog Soldier Justice, a must-read for every Washita scholar, new Bison Book printing, July 2009), Broome takes a look on Custer's first campaign in the Plains.
Custer into the West (238 pages, numerous pictures, 27 original maps in color!) is already a classic for every Custer buff. "Most people "in the know" with Custer and his times think of 1867 as a year of blunders and massive inexperience showing itself in every event with which he was involved. Custer into the West takes to task this mistaken understanding.
Focusing on Custer's summer expedition, leaving old Fort Hays on June 1 and ending July 13 at Fort Wallace, Custer into the West produces primary source information showing that indeed Custer acted remarkably well during the expedition - that is, until July 13.
Broome details the daily events of the campaign with the help of the maps and journal of Lieutenant Henry Jackson, Custer's Intinerary Officer. The stories of the meeting with Pawnee Killer, the desertors, the schock of the Kidder Massacre, Cooper's suicide or Custer's pets are both well written and fascinating.
Like Dog Soldier Justice, which had displayed for the first time the National Archives on Black Kettle's massacres, Custer into the West offers entirely new first-hand material for Custeriana. Many Custer buffs will be astonished by the new details on General Custer's life and actions as he first understood how to deal with Indians.
The consequences of the 1867 expedition are enormous. From Benteen's deep hatred to Custer's tactics, Broome explains how the 7th cavalry created its own legend in the Plains of Kansas.
Original, fascinating and richly illustrated, Custer into the West (Upton and Sons, 2009, 238 pages, numerous pictures, 27 original maps in color) stands as a new reference on Custer's 1867 expedition and is strongly recommended to every custerwest's visitor.
You can order your copy on the Upton and Sons online shop, by far the finest and most famous publishing company of Custer studies.