Academic journal article Military Review

TO HELL WITH HONOR: Custer and the Little Bighorn

Academic journal article Military Review

TO HELL WITH HONOR: Custer and the Little Bighorn

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TO HELL WITH HONOR: Custer and the Little Bighorn, Larry Sklenar, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2003, 416 pages, $19.95.

Larry Sklenar's To Hell with Honor: Custer and the Little Bighorn is a thought-provoking and intensely researched historical work. Sklenar provides tremendous detail about the composition, organization, equipment, and personalities of the 7th Cavalry. The smooth-flowing text quickly engrosses the reader, although the book might be best-suited for those well-versed in Custer lore.

Sklenar places blame for the Little Bighorn debacle on Major Marcus Reno, describing Reno as a novice, a drunk, and lacking leadership. Sklenar does not mention that Reno personally led an attack to protect Lieutenant MacIntosh's flank in the timber, and he ignores the effect Mary Hannah Reno's death in 1874 had on Reno while he was in charge of the U.S.-Canadian Boundary Survey.

Sklenar's research is extensive, but not exhaustive. He completely ignores The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1897), which documents Reno's campaign against the Umatilla Indians and the close relationship Custer had with Reno during the Civil War. …

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