Custer and Me: A Historian's Memoir by Robert M. Utley

By Robert M. Utley

In Custer and Me, well known western historian and professional on ancient upkeep, Robert M. Utley, turns his skills to his personal lifestyles and occupation. via energetic own narrative, Utley deals an insider’s view of Park carrier workings and difficulties, either at neighborhood and nationwide degrees, through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. Utley additionally information the delivery of the Western historical past organization, early nationwide historic-preservation courses, and the various clashes over “symbolic ownership” of what's now the Little Bighorn Battlefield nationwide Monument. Readers will become aware of how smitten with Custermania got here as an grownup to understand the whole complexity of the conflict of the Little Bighorn and its interpretation and to investigate and write narrative histories of the yank West that experience appealed to well known audiences whereas successful optimum honors from the scholarly and writing communities.

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Burns, chief of the Park Service Museum Branch, who proudly attended the opening. Everyone admired the result-his last, it turned out, before an untimely death. Two meticulously detailed dioramas drew the most acclaim, one of Reno’s retreat from the Little Bighorn bottoms, the other of the last stand itself. Display cases exhibited Custer’s uniforms and other personal memorabilia lovingly preserved for this very purpose by Libbie Custer. Other exhibits Custer and Me 43 portrayed the weapons and uniforms of the frontier army (including Charlie Windolph’s Medal of Honor) and traced the story of the campaign leading to the Little Bighorn.

Major and Evelyn Luce, Brice Custer, Billy Harris, Larry Frost, Cartie, Reyman Branting and Jim Decamp, R a p e Pilgeram and Al Perkins, as well as the adventures and personal growth of those years at Custer Battlefield-all stand forth to this day in retrospect as defining people and events. I would change nothing about them even if I could. CHAPTER 9 THEINDUCTION STATION IN Butte, Montana, was as worn and dismal as the rotting old mining town itself. The crowd of draftees lined up naked to endure the first of the indignities that would soon become routine to the new way of life.

I eagerly looked forward to entering senior ROTC and emerging with the beautiful pinks and greens of an army second lieutenant. Alas, the medics found my blood pressure an unacceptable 155/84, and I had to give up the ambition. 38 Robert M. Utley At some point the idea took root that I should finish four years at Purdue and get a bachelor’s degree before entering law school at Indiana, instead of transferring after three years. And at some point beyond that, as I took more and more history courses, the notion of abandoning history for law became increasingly distasteful.

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