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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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US Indian Wars

1-68350 Halbert, H.S. and Ball, T.H. CREEK WAR OF 1813 AND 1814, THE Detailed account, b/w illust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 400 pgs 2001 TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA UNIV
NEW-pb ......$30.00

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1-205060 Harper, Gordon FIGHTS ON THE LITTLE HORN: Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer's Last Stand This remarkable book synthesizes a lifetime of in-depth research into one of America's most storied disasters, the defeat of Custer's 7th Cavalry at the hands of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, as well as the complete annihilation of that part of the cavalry led by Custer himself.

The author, Gordon Harper, spent countless hours on the battlefield itself as well as researching every iota of evidence of the fight from white and Indian sources. He was thus able to recreate every step of the battle as authoritatively as anyone could, dispelling myths and falsehoods along the way. Harper himself passed away in 2009, leaving behind nearly two million words of original research and writing.

This book condensed his work for the general public to observe his key findings and the crux of his narrative on the exact course of the battle.

One of his first observations is that the fight took place along the Little Horn River-its junction with the Big Horn was several miles away so that the term for the battle, Little Big Horn, has always been a misnomer. He precisely traces the mysterious activities of Benteen's battalion on that fateful day, and why it could never come to Custer's reinforcement. He describes Reno's desperate fight in unprecedented depth, as well as how that unnerved officer benefited from the unexpected heroism of many of his men. 1 vol, 408 pgs 2014 US, CASEMATE
NEW-dj, available mid May 2014 ......$33.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-972019 McLachlan, Adam 019 APACHE WARRIOR VERSUS US CAVALRYMAN 1846-86 From the 1840s onward, United States military forces clashed with the Apache, a group of Native American peoples associated with the southwestern part of North America. US territorial expansion and conflict - first with Mexico and then during the Civil War - led to an escalation of hostilities that culminated in the defeat of the Apache leader Geronimo in 1886, although fighting continued into the 20th century. In this study the clashes at Cieneguilla (1854), First Adobe Walls (1864), and Cibecue Creek (1881) are assessed in detail.

Fully illustrated and featuring contemporary accounts and specially commissioned artwork, this history examines exactly how the Apache were able to pose such a grave threat to US forces and how their initial advantages were gradually negated by the cavalry. Examining the tactics, equipment and training available to each side over four decades of evolving conflict, this is an eye-opening combatant's eye view of one of history's most intriguing campaigns. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2016 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-pb ......$20.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-202830 Thompson, Erwin N. MODOC WAR: Its Military History and Topography Far and away the best book on the purely military aspects of the Modoc War, the book is invaluable for its maps (showing all major battles and most engagements) alone. Thompson is thoroughly familiar with the ground the war was fought over, and his archival research is adequate to the task.

On the downside the book is not easy to read, and Thompson makes no attempt to cover the non-military aspects of the war. There are the usual quota of errors -- for example, Thompson attributes the idea of the peace commission to the wrong man, he places the first meeting between Captain Jack and General Canby on the wrong day, and he attributes a comment to Boyle (a participant) that should have been attributed to Boyle's editor (a much later historian).
1 vol, 216 pgs 1971 US, ARGUS BOOKS
V.GOOD-hardcover, (1) copy available -- First Come, First Served ......$70.00

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