Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Rifle from Little Bighorn battle fetches $258,000

Rifle

Thanks to the never-ending fascination with the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a rifle linked to the battle recently sold at auction for a quarter million dollars. The Sharps rifle was billed by the company, Brian Lebel’s Old West Events, as “The first firearm forensically proven to have been used at Custer’s Last Stand,” using the old name for the famous battle. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A fraught Thanksgiving weekend at Standing Rock

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I spent my Thanksgiving this year at Standing Rock, where a poverty-stricken Sioux tribe has faced off with a $3.8 billion oil pipeline project. I did not understand the irony and deep significance of my trip until I was reminded of the holiday’s dual origins soon after I arrived at camp. In 1637 during the Pequot War, settlers from Massachusetts Bay colonies massacred something like 700 natives after a white man was found dead in a boat. Casualties included Pequot women and children, who were burned in their village or hunted and shot if they escaped the inferno. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Researcher breathes life into Brits who served with Custer

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Peter Russell calls his website “The Voice of British Custeriana.”

In a sense, it also serves as the posthumous voice of the many British soldiers who served under Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in the 7th U.S. Cavalry during the fateful month of June 1876. (more…) Continue Reading →

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