Another thread got into a lively discussion of cartridge artifacts from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, aka, Custer’s Last Stand. Anyone interested in reading more about this fascinating subject should try and find copies of the following. Because they were intended for a limited, specialized, audience, publication numbers were very limited and they may be hard to find.
CUSTER, CASES & CARTRIDGES by Don Weibert. 328 pages. Privately published in 1989. ISBN: 0-912410-08-8. Describes and illustrates the artifacts found outside the National Monument. A must read for anyone interested in the ammunition and weapons used at the Little Big Horn.
CUSTER BATTLE GUNS by John S. Dumont. 112 pages. The Old Army Press, Ft. Collins Co. 1977. Somewhat dated, but still very interesting reading.
LITTLE TREASURES OF THE INDIAN WAR by Ray Meketa. Article in September 1992 The Gun Report. Not directly related to the Little Big Horn but of interest to relic-cartridge collectors in general.
THE MUCH MALIGNED TRAPDOOR CARBINE by Ray Meketa. Article in Frontier Times magazine, October 1985. Discusses myths relating to malfunctions of the Trapdoor Carbine and it’s ammunition at the LBH.
GUNS AT THE LITTLE BIGHORN. A Man At Arms Special Publication, 1988.
CUSTER’S CAVALRY COLTS. Arms Gazette, June 1980.
BY VALOR & ARMS. Special Issue, summer 1975.
MAN AT ARMS, Special Custer issue, August, 1995
IAA JOURNAL # 439, page 49. Artifact Description- Battle of the LBH, by Ray Meketa