Thursday, July 26, 2012


As in George Armstrong Custer, that is. A freelance writer and fifth-generation Nebraskan, Jeff Barnes is the author of The Great Plains Guide to Custer.

The Great Plains Guide to Custer is the first historical travel guide to 85 sites visited by George Custer in his decade west of the Mississippi. You'll find not only directions to the battlefields and forts at which Custer served, you'll also find locations where he met with Buffalo Bill Cody, the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and William Tecumseh Sherman. You'll also learn of the personal conflicts Custer had on the plains, with commanders, fellow officers and even a buffalo.

The book gives detailed directions to well-known-events-yet-seldom-seen sites such as the Cheyenne/Sioux Village and Kidder massacre in Kansas, the Great Buffalo Hunt's Camp Alexis in Nebraska, or the "desertion camp" in Colorado. It pinpoints the location of historical markers and artifacts connected to Custer and the Seventh Cavalry, and features information on more than 100 related historical sites and attractions.

Barnes will present several programs in Nebraska. At 6 pm on Wednesday, October 17, Barnes will be at the Atchison Public Library, and at 7 pm on Thursday, October 18, at the Riverfront Community Center, Leavenworth.

More about Jeff Barnes and his other works, including Forts of the Northern Plains at

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