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Great Plains Quarterly Vol. 29, No. 4, Fall 2009, pp. 323


Copyright 2009 by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska- Lincoln


Interest in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, commonly known as Custer's Last Stand, has not abated over the last century. It is said that the only other battle in American history with more written about it is Gettysburg. True to form with other historic sites, the history of the Little Bighorn battlefield after the battle ended forms a compelling part of its total story.

Any site that holds such a prominent place in the American {and international} psyche warrants both an informative and accurate history. In Stricken Field, Jerome A. Greene, retired National Parks Service research historian, rises to the task. A familiar Sioux War authority and military historian, Greene spent several summers as a seasonal ranger at the Little Bighorn and knows the tale well. Originally conceived as a basic administrative history, his story treats the reader to insights into the site's post battle history from the moment of the hasty, crude soldier burials to its designation as a national monument, and then as a center of controversy and changes in our national cultural awareness.