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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
American West

1-194470 Alexander, Steve G.A. Custer to the Little Big Horn Big 8x11.75-inch book traces George Armstrong Custer's life from his beginning to his end at Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Includes 200+ period photographs and full color pictures, 4 maps. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2011 Spain, Andrea Press
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1-194600 Burke, Robert F. WITH CUSTER AT THE DEATH The fascination with Custer's Last Stand hasn't diminished in the decades since 1876. He led his regiment well ahead of the main body, only to run into an unprecedented gathering of Indians. The first accounts were pieced together by other soldiers arriving on the scene in the battle's aftermath, and by archaeologists in the generations since. To that information was added the reminiscences of the Indians who fought there.
1 vol, 0 pgs 2011 CA, DECISION GAMES
NEW-dj ......$30.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-42800 Connell, Evan S. SON OF THE MORINING STAR Explore the personalities of Custer and the other Federal and Indian leaders. Biblio, index, end map. 1 vol, 441 pgs 1984 S. FRANCISCO, N. POINT PR
FINE-dj ......$15.00

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1-59720 Fowler, Arlen BLACK INFANTRY IN THE WEST, THE:1869-1891 A history of the 24th & 25th Infantry Regiments, b/w illust, chpt notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 167 pgs 1999 NORMAN, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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2-34910 Graham, W.A. STORY OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN, THE Classic account and one of the most comprehensive, b/w photos and line drawings, index. 1 vol, 221 pgs 1959 US , BONANZA BOOKS
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1-194680 Hedren, Paul Great Sioux War Orders of Battle - How the United States Army Waged War on the Nothern Plains, 1876-1877 A unique resource with a new perspective on the US Army in the Great Sioux War.

By the time it ended, the Great Sioux War had played out on twenty-seven different battlefields scattered across five states. In this compelling sourcebook, Hedren uses extensive documentation to demonstrate that the American army adapted quickly to the challenges of fighting this unconventional war and was more effectively led and better equipped than is customarily believed. While it lost at Powder River and at the Little Big Horn, it did not lose the Great Sioux War.

In the first part of this volume, Hedren considers concepts of doctrine, training, culture, and materiel to aid understanding of the army's structure and disposition. In part two he dissects the twenty-eight Great Sioux War deployments in chronological order, including documentation of command structures, regiments, and companies employed. In the concluding section, the author addresses how an otherwise sound American army was defeated in two battles and nearly lost a third. The book also features seven helpful appendices, a glossary, and an oversized map showing forts, encampments, and battle sites.
1 vol, 240 pgs 2011 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-64490 Hook, Jason plates by Richard Hook AMERICAN INDIAN WARRIOR CHIEFS 100+ b/w illust/maps, (16) color plates detail the time of Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph and Geronimo, originally published as four books. 1 vol, 192 pgs 1998 LONDON, BROCKHAMPTON PRES
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2-39140 Jamieson, Perry D. CROSSING THE DEADLY GROUND: US Army Tactics 1865-99 The first manual to emphasize on both offense and defense using small-unit tactics, b/w illust, maps, biblio, index.

Jamieson, et al. have done a very good job of trying to come to grips with the one of the hottest topics in military history - the way that armies in the late 19th Century attempted to cope with technological innovation and newer, more destructive weapons. Additionally they cover that most peculiarly American of all military campaigns, the Indian Wars, with an intelligence and incisiveness not seen anywhere else - forget about the glorious charges of the Saturday matinee! Sometimes, this book relies too heavily on letting the factual material speak for itself instead of analysis.

Overall, it is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the revolution in military affairs which was taking place at the time, and it serves as a reminder at our own 'fin de siecle', about the continuing need for new ideas in military tactics. 1 vol, 248 pgs 2004 TUSCALOOSA, UNIV ALABAMA
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1-73270 Jones, David E. NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ARMOR, SHIELDS & FORTS 6x9 inches with b/w illustrations, the author makes a systematic study of the defensive armor and fortifications of native Indian tribes, often with eyewitness descriptions. Biblio, index. 1 vol, 232 pgs 2004 AUSTIN, UNIV OF TEXAS
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2-73270 Jones, David E. NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ARMOR, SHIELDS & FORTS 6x9 inches with b/w illustrations, the author makes a systematic study of the defensive armor and fortifications of native Indian tribes, often with eyewitness descriptions. Biblio, index. 1 vol, 232 pgs 2004 AUSTIN, UNIV OF TEXAS
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1-59710 Leckie, William H. BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE A history of the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments, b/w drawings/illust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 290 pgs 1999 NORMAN, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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1-195830 MacLean, Colonel French L. Custer's Best: The Story of Company M, 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn This is the story of George Custer's best cavalry company at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn - Company M. With a tragically flawed, but extremely brave Company Commander and a no-nonsense First Sergeant, Company M maintained a disciplined withdrawal from the skirmish line fighting, saving Major Marcus Reno's entire detachment and possibly the rest of the regiment from annihilation. Presented here is the most-detailed work on a single company at the Little Bighorn ever written -- the product of multi-year research at archives across the country and detailed visits to the battlefield by a combat veteran who understands fields of fire, weapons' effects, training, morale, decision-making, unit cohesion and the value of outstanding non-commissioned officers. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2011 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
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1-190180 McChristian, Douglas UNIFORMS, ARMS, AND EQUIPMENT:US Army in the West Vol 1: Headgear, Clothing and Footgear and Vol 2: Weapons and Accoutrments. Hundreds of b/w & color photos/illust/drawings; an outstanding reference guide, biblio, index. 2 vol, 628 pgs 2007 US, UNIV'SITY OF OKLAHOMA
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1-190181 McChristian, Douglas UNIFORMS, ARMS, AND EQUIPMENT:US Army in the West Vol 1-Headgear, Clothing and Footgear; 100's of b/w and color photos/illust/drawings. 8.5x11 must have reference guide, biblio, index. 1 vol, 300 pgs 2007 US, UNIV'SITY OF OKLAHOMA
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1-190182 McChristian, Douglas UNIFORMS, ARMS, AND EQUIPMENT:US Army in the West Vol 2-Weapons and Accouterments; 100's of b/w and color photos/illust/drawings. 8.5x11 must have reference guide, biblio, index. 1 vol, 298 pgs 2007 US, UNIV'SITY OF OKLAHOMA
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1-35730 McChristian, Douglas US ARMY IN THE WEST, THE:1870-1880 Details of the uniforms, weapons & equipment, 233 b/w illust, appendices, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 384 pgs 1995 NORMAN, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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2-35730 McChristian, Douglas US ARMY IN THE WEST, THE:1870-1880 Details of the uniforms, weapons & equipment, 233 b/w illust, appendices, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 384 pgs 1995 NORMAN, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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3-35730 McChristian, Douglas US ARMY IN THE WEST, THE:1870-1880 Details of the uniforms, weapons & equipment, 233 b/w illust, appendices, notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2008 US, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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1-62840 Merrill, James M. SPURS TO GLORY:The Story of the US Cavalry The 110 year story of the US Cavalry, covers allthe major campaigns, b/w illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 302 pgs 1966 CHICAGO, RAND McNALLY
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1-196200 Michno, Gregory DAKOTA DAWN: The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 1862 The 1862 Dakota conflict, which encompassed perhaps the greatest massacre of whites by Indians in American history, is filled with emotional drama, irony, tragedy, cowardice, and heroism. The drama engulfed thousands of people and the dimension of individual experiences can be overwhelming. Previous attempts to sort out the stories and place the events in a coherent chronological and geographical order have been unsuccessful. Award-winning author Gregory F. Michno's Dakota Dawn: The Decisive First Week of the Sioux Uprising, August 1862 provides the uprising with an essential clarity and life that readers will find refreshing and invigorating.

Michno's Dakota Dawn focuses in great detail on one week in August 1862, a great paroxysm of destruction when the Dakota succeeded, albeit fleetingly, in driving out the white man. Some 600 white settlers were killed in the Sioux Uprising, the great majority innocent victims slaughtered in the most shocking manner. Nowhere else in the West was there a record of such sustained attacks on a fort (Ridgely) or a town (New Ulm).

In addition to important secondary studies, Michno's work is based upon 2,000 pages of primary sources including recollections, original records, diaries, newspaper accounts, and other archival records. One seldom-used resource is the Indian Depredation Claim files. After the Uprising, settlers filed nearly 3,000 claims for damages in which they itemized losses and set forth their experiences. These priceless documents paint firsthand slices of the life of a frontier people, their cabins, tools, clothes, crops, animals, and cherished possessions. Many of these claims have never been incorporated into a book, allowing Michno to more fully expound on various episodes and correct previous misconceptions.

Long overdue, Dakota Dawn examines the decisive first week of the Sioux Uprising systematically, clearly, and definitively. Its purpose is not to prove or disprove any particular point. Innocence and guilt is found in quantity on both sides-honor, treachery, kindness, and iniquity not being the provenance of any one people. 16 illustrations and 8 maps. 1 vol, 456 pgs 2011 US, SAVAS BEATIE
NEW-dj, available early September 2011 ......$33.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-930291 Miranda, Joseph S&T 291 WARPATH Warpath covers the campaign for control of Indian Territory during the American Civil War. The map covers all of the ostensibly neutral Indian Territory, plus part of the neighboring Union and Confederate states. The playing area has spaces in lieu of hexes; each space is classified according to its dominant terrain which affects movement, combat, and supply. Some of the 204 counters represent the infantry and cavalry regiments and artillery batteries used by each player to create forces on the map. Each turn represents six months of real time.

The action is driven by players alternately drawing campaign markers. Most markers enable the drawing player to conduct one or more operations, one operation being (1) moving and fighting with one force, (2) recruiting a unit, or (3) building a fort.

Other markers allow the drawing player to control the wild Kiowa and Comanche Indians raiding from the west; they represent a danger to both sides and control switches back and forth as the control markers are drawn. The length of a turn is variable and unknown to either player; it ends after two 'End' markers have been drawn from the campaign marker pool.

Victory is determined by control of the capital cities of the Five Civilized Tribes, but the game can end in sudden death if either player loses one of his primary bases. Each player is forced to balance active operations with force-building, concentration for offensives with dispersion to guard his territory, and careful planning with quick reaction to events.

Components: One 22x34-inch map and 228 counters.
1 vol, 84 pgs 2015 US, DECISION GAMES
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2-22060 Nye, Colonel W.S. CARBINES & LANCE:The story of Old Fort Sill From 1833 to 1875 Fort Sill was at the center of the Indian Wars, b/w maps & illust, index. 1 vol, 362 pgs 1997 NORMAN, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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1-45680 Springer, Ted A SHINING TIME - THE DRAGOONS 1776-1849:Horse Soldiers Part 1 8.5x11, guns, gear and uniforms of the US Dragoons during the expansion of the American Frontier, b/w drawings throughout. 1 vol, 132 pgs 1995 OSSEO, TRACK OF THE WOLF
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1-193080 Terry, Michael Plains Indians Regalia & Customs 260 color photos. This original study of Plains Indian cultures of the 19th century is presented through the use of period writings, paintings and early photography that relate how life was carried out. The author juxtaposes the sources with new research and modern color photography of specific replica items. Thereby, the past comes to life and today's readers learn this history with concrete examples to which they relate.

The comprehensive text documents the seven major tribes: Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan, and Lakota. Observations of Plains Indian men's and women's habits include procuring food, dancing, developing spiritual beliefs, and experiencing daily life. Prominent leaders and average members of the tribes are introduced and major incidents are explained. True stories come to light through objects that relate to each incident and personality. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2010 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
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1-10650 Utley, Robert M. FRONTIERSMEN IN BLUE:US Army & the Indian 1848-65 History of the achievements and failures of the US regular and volunteer armies from the Mexican wars to close of Civil War. Biblio, index, maps, illust 1 vol, 416 pgs 1984 LINCOLN, UNIV OF NEBRASKA
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2-10650 Utley, Robert M. FRONTIERSMEN IN BLUE:US Army & the Indian 1848-65 History of the achievements and failures of the US regular and volunteer armies from the Mexican wars to close of Civil War. Biblio, index, maps, illust 1 vol, 384 pgs 1973 NY, MACMILLAN PUBLISHING
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1-10660 Utley, Robert M. FRONTIER REGULARS:US Army and the Indian 1866-1891 History of the US Army during the twenty-five years following the Civil War. Index, biblio, maps, ill. 1 vol, 494 pgs 1984 LINCOLN, UNIV OF NEBRASKA
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