WITH CUSTER ON THE LITTLE BIGHORN
The first -and only- eyewitness account ever written
By William O. Taylor
Foreword by Greg Martin
William O. Taylor, a private in the U.S. Seventh Cavalry, spent two and a half days with his regiment in the valley below General George Custer's last battlefield. He spent one day up there burning the mutilated bodies of Custer's last stand. And he spent thirty years, haunted by his memories, writing this momoir. In graphic detail, this young soldier blends savage, buliet-sprayed battle and bravado campsong on the misty, brooding prairie with careful reconstruction of troop movements and comments on the behavior of the commanders and their men. His observations resonate with keen ampathy, not only for the bodies of his own comrades strewn in the sage brush, but for his enemy, "husband and father...a stalwart Sioux warrior". Fully annotated for the modern reader, richly illustrated with duotone photographs -many never seen before- and samples of Taylor's handwritten manuscript. With Custer on the Little Bighorn is a fresh and amazing presentation of a tragedy famous the world over.
"What makes the Taylor book so lovely is its exceding attention to the lowly, soldierly details of the last action on the Little Bighorn"
-Chicago Tribune Books -
"No one who values American history should overlook Taylor's contribution" -The Atlantic Monthly -
"WITH CUSTER ON THE LITTLE BIGHORN"
by William O. Taylor
foreword copyright Greg Martin
Published by the Penguin Group
Penguin Books USA Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York,
New York 10014 ,U.S.A.
Cover design by Paul Buckley