“The stories contained herein are all of actual happenings and actual participants; here are no fictitious names, no colored circumstances. They are part of the real history of the West, and for that reason I am not ashamed to place this volume in the hands of any interested boy or girl, youth or elderly person, who may desire to know the truth about one of the leading Indian battles, and other important frontier happenings pertaining thereto, and the men who played leading parts therein. Every character mentioned in each chapter was a living, breathing person, and every incident related in this book can be vouched for and verified.” From Troopers with Custer.
Although everyone in Custer’s immediate command was killed during the fighting at the Battle of Little Big Horn on June 25-26, 1876, others who participated in the battle survived. Troopers with Custer tells their stories, often in their own words.
Earl Alonzo Brininstool was born in Warsaw, New York, in 1870. In 1895 he moved with his wife, Estelle, to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued a career in journalism. At different times, he worked as a reported, editorial writer, and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Record, Examiner, and Express. Brininstool wrote numerous light sonnets and Western poems in addition to his dozens of magazine articles and ten books devoted to the Indian wars, including Crazy Horse and Fighting Red Cloud’s Warriors. He died in 1957 at age eighty-six.
Brian C. Pohanka, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the life of the common soldier of the Civil War, is a frequent consultant of film and the television producers on Civil War reenacting and living history. Formerly an assistant editor and researcher for the Time-Life Books Civil War series, he is the author of Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay on the American Civil War and Civil War: An Aerial Portrait. Pohanka is also active in Custer and Little Bighorn studies, including archaeological work on the Little Bighorn Battlefield. He works as a freelance writer and consultant from his home in Alexandria, Virginia.