Academic journal article Military Review

At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

Academic journal article Military Review

At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

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AT CUSTER'S SIDE: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd, Eric J. Wittenberg, ed., Kent State University Press, Kent, OH, 2001, 140 pages, $35.00.

The preeminent biographer of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, the quintessential companion and historical chronicler of General George Armstrong Custer and his Michigan Wolverine Brigade, returns with another glimpse into the wartime exploits of the "Boy General." Eric J. Wittenberg offers a collection of Kidd's speeches and writings that delve into the character of the legendary cavalryman and Indian fighter. From the dedication of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade Monument to a comprehensive sketch of Custer's life, Kidd describes events as only a talented and prolific writer can.

At Custer's Side is a companion volume to Kidd's memoirs and the collection of his letters. The book completes Wittenberg's literary efforts to bring to life the "trials and tribulations of the horse soldiers who followed Custer's guidon." In drawing his Custer trilogy to a close, Wittenberg once again explores the tragedy of The Battle of Little Big Horn, an event for which Kidd resolutely fixes blame on Custer's subordinate commanders Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen. …

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