Remember that item from a few months ago about NPS historian Robert Utley interviewing a survivor of the Little Bighorn? Well, Utley has written up his own recollection of the event for True West. It’s captivating stuff.
And here’s an interview with Utley from True West‘s YouTube channel, in which he recounts his experiences as a teenage battlefield guide and his meeting with a man who fought under Custer.
I learned two things about legendary Western historian Robert Utley from the blog of author, artist, and True West editor Bob Boze Bell. 1) He just turned ninety. 2) He interviewed a Little Bighorn survivor.
Ho-lee cow. About the Little Bighorn thing, I mean—although turning ninety is nothing to sniff at, either.
I’m assuming the guy Utley interviewed was Charles Windolph, who died in 1950 at age ninety-eight. Windolph was one of the men engaged at the Reno-Benteen sector of the battlefield, east of the Indian village. He covered the troopers supplying river water to their comrades pinned down on Reno Hill, earning himself the Medal of Honor.
A veteran of Custer’s last battle living in the atomic age. That’s quite a thing to get your head around.
Reno Hill. Photo by William Neuheisel from Wikimedia Commons