Participants in the Battle of the Little Big Horn

A Biographical Dictionary of Sioux, Cheyenne and United States Military Personnel, 2d ed.


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About the Book

The Battle of the Little Big Horn was the decisive engagement of the Great Sioux War of 1876–1877. In its second edition this biographical dictionary of all known participants—the 7th Cavalry, civilians and Indians—provides a brief description of the battle, as well as information on the various tribes, their customs and methods of fighting. Seven appendices cover the units soldiers were assigned to, uniforms and equipment of the cavalry, controversial listings of scouts and the number of Indians in the encampments, the location of camps on the way to the Big Horn and more. Updated biographies are provided for many European soldiers, along with an additional 5,060 names of Indians who were or could have been in the battle.

About the Author(s)

The late Frederic C. Wagner III served as an officer both in the U.S. Army and the New York Army National Guard. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran and worked for 22 years on Wall Street, mostly as a commodities broker. He lived in Pleasantville, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Frederic C. Wagner III

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 352
Bibliographic Info: 3 maps, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6459-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2439-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Abbreviations viii
A Special Thanks 1
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Introduction 5
I. The Seventh Cavalry 9
II. Civilians, Quartermaster Employees, and Scouts 105
III. Indians Present and Estimates of Their Strength 117
A. Unit Rosters and Strength Summaries at the Battle 203
B. Lists of Scouts: Williams, Graham, and Camp 214
C. Demographics and Length of Service 216
D. Regimental Duty Stations 218
E. Horses, Uniforms and Weapons, and Tactics 220
F. Indian Encampments Leading to the Little Big Horn 225
G. Indian Dispositions and Weapons, June 25, 1876 227
H. Indian Population at the Little Big Horn 233
I. Maps 331
Bibliography 335
Index 339

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Excellent…a necessity…recommended…outstanding—a prime source for the serious reader”— Alan R Beattie, Americana Books (UK)
  • “a detailed and useful reference”—ARBA
  • “an essential resource”—Library Journal
  • “is a must. Wagner has compiled probably the most complete data of the people who took part in what is arguably the West’s most famous battle…excellent”—RoundUp Magazine
  • “impressed…adds a truly personal dimension to one of the most controversial events in Western history…will appeal to academic, as well as public libraries and will often find a home in circulating collections”—Against the Grain