By M. John Lubetkin
Such is the backdrop for Custer and the 1873 Yellowstone Survey, the tale of the day trip advised via records chosen and interpreted via historian M. John Lubetkin. The U.S. military was firm to punish the Sioux, and the Northern Pacific desperately had to entire its engineering paintings and resume building. The excursion fastened in 1873—larger than all prior surveys combined—included “embedded” newspaper correspondents and 1,600 infantry and cavalry, the latter led via George Armstrong Custer.
Lubetkin has accumulated firsthand bills from the correspondents, diarists, and journalists who followed this significant day trip, together with that of reports correspondent Samuel J. Barrows. Barrows’s narrative—written in a chain of dispatches to the New York Tribune—provides a accomplished, frequently funny description of occasions, and his skillability with shorthand enabled him to catch quotations and discussion with an authenticity unequalled by means of different writers at the survey.
The excursion marched west from the Missouri River in mid-June of 1873 and, in 3 months, coated approximately 1,000, frequently grueling miles. Encompassing the saga of transcontinental railroading, cultural clash at the northern plains, and an array of vital Indian and Anglo-American characters, Custer and the 1873 Yellowstone Survey will fascinate Custer lovers and a person drawn to the heritage of the yank West.
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