The battle that unfolded at the Little Big Horn River on June 25, 1876, marked a watershed in the history of the Plains Indians. While a stunning victory for the Sioux and Cheyenne peoples, it initiated a new and vigorous effort by the U.S. government to rid the west of marauding tribes and to realize the ideal of Manifest Destiny . While the history of that battle has filled thousands of books and articles, few if any have analyzed the tactics and chrology to arrive at a satisfactory explanation of what befell George Armstrong Custer and the 209 men who died alongside him. This volume seeks to explain the circumstances culminating in the near-destruction of the 7th Cavalry Regiment by a close examination of timing, setting every event to a specific moment based on accounts of the battle's participants.
Frederic C. Wagner III served as an officer both in the U.S. Army and the New York Army National Guard. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran and worked for 22 years on Wall Street, mostly as a commodities broker.