July 4, 1876

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When Americans awoke on July 4, 1876, to celebrate the Centennial of the country’s birth, the first accounts of Custer’s massacre hit the newspapers.

The headline:

Massacre Of Our Troops. General Custer and Five Companies Killed by Indians.

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June 28, 1876 – Three Days Later

Cemetery Ridge, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
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Three days after Custer’s troops were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, surviving officers and soldiers of Reno and Benteen’s commands began the gruesome task of burying their fallen comrades. Was Custer’s body among them? Continue reading

On June 25, 1876, George Custer was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Or was he?

Tombstone of George Custer's brother
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** Image above is tombstone of Custer’s brother, Tom.

One hundred forty years ago, on June 25th, 1876 , Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 troopers under his command were wiped out fighting the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn valley in southeastern Montana. To this day, the Battle of the Little Bighorn remains one of the most studied, publicized and controversial battles in American history.

Two years ago, on the anniversary of the battle, I stood on that hallowed ground. Continue reading

So Who Needs A Good Editor?

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Knowing first hand the value of a good editor, I asked my friend Edmond Addeo to be my guest blogger this week. I met Ed at a writer’s conference in San Francisco and was so impressed that I asked him to edit my latest novel, The Custer Conspiracy. Best thing I ever did. I’m proud to introduce Ed to all of you who might be in need of a professional editor. I’ve worked with many editors over the years. Ed is, by far, the best I’ve ever met. Continue reading

Big Win for Follower ph89oenix

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Today was the 50th Super Bowl, pitting the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers.  My friends and I in the San Francisco area watched all fours hours, including the halftime show and award ceremony.  To help pass the time, we played “The Big Game Bingo” using the television commercials as squares. I got a couple of BINGOs before the third quarter ended and scored a crisp $2-bill for each win. Making the game even more enjoyable was the great food and drink prepared by the hostess. Continue reading