A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn: James DeWolf's by James Madison DeWolf,Todd E. Harburn,Paul Andrew Hutton

By James Madison DeWolf,Todd E. Harburn,Paul Andrew Hutton


In spring 1876 a doctor named James Madison DeWolf authorised the task of agreement doctor for the 7th Cavalry, turning into considered one of 3 surgeons who observed Custer’s battalion on the conflict of the Little gigantic Horn. Killed within the early levels of the conflict, he may perhaps simply became a trifling footnote within the many chronicles of this epic campaign—but he left in the back of an eyewitness account in his diary and correspondence. A medical professional with Custer on the Little tremendous Horn is the 1st annotated version of those infrequent money owed in view that 1958, and the main entire therapy to date.

whereas researchers have recognized of DeWolf’s diary for a few years, few information have surfaced concerning the guy himself. In A health professional with Custer on the Little significant Horn, Todd E. Harburn bridges this hole, delivering an in depth biography of DeWolf in addition to vast editorial perception into his writings. As some of the most hugely expert males who traveled with Custer, the medical professional used to be good built to compose articulate descriptions of the 1876 crusade opposed to the Indians, a fateful trip that begun for him at citadel Lincoln, Dakota Territory, and ended at the battlefield in japanese Montana Territory. In letters to his loved spouse, Fannie, and in diary entries—reproduced during this quantity precisely as he wrote them—DeWolf describes the terrain, climatic conditions, and scientific wishes that he and his partners encountered alongside the way.

After DeWolf’s loss of life, his colleague Dr. Henry Porter, who survived the clash, retrieved his diary and despatched it to DeWolf’s widow. Later, the DeWolf kin donated it to the Little Bighorn Battlefield nationwide Monument. Now on hand during this available and completely annotated layout, the diary, besides the DeWolf’s own correspondence, serves as a distinct basic source for info in regards to the Little massive Horn crusade and clinical practices at the western frontier.

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