Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition
General George Armstrong Custer's journey to the Black Hills in 1874 was better documented than any other military expedition of the Old West. Photographer W.H. Illingworth recorded superb views of the landscape and several camps, and at least fifteen men wrote diaries, reports or newspaper dispatches brimming with detail.This book blends the 1874 photos with modern photos taken at the same places, along with selections from the written accounts, to paint a unique portrait of everyday life along the trail."Exploring With Custer" also includes a point-by-point guide to the Expedition's route within the Black Hills. The maps, directions and GPS readings lead you to the campsites and down the trail, with stops for many of the photo sites and even for ruts left by Custer's wagons.The choice is yours--use the photographs and accounts to relive the Black Hills Expedition from the comfort of home, or take this book into the field and listen to the stories of Custer and his men as you walk the very ground they first walked in 1874.Great reading for anyone interested in the military exploration, early photography, or the history of the American West.
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