The Lawrence A. Frost Collection of Custeriana is a multimedia collection that includes over 5000 books, videos, numerous images, journals, newspaper articles, sound recordings and art work.  It focuses on the life of General George A. Custer which includes his academic work at West Point, his heroic participation in the Civil War and his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. 

New Biographies

Biographers are still trying to capture into words the personality of the man known as George Armstrong Custer in an attempt to understand his command strategies and decision making character.  Two news biographies have been added to our Collection.

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles, author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his new biography on George A. Custer.  He paints the man as a series of contradictions in all aspects of his life.  Stiles used the Lawrence A. Frost Collection while researching for the book.

Inventing Custer: The Making of an American Legend by Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown

In this unique biography, authors Caudill and Ashdown, continue their series of exploring the myths of Civil War figures created by the press and historians.  Their previous books are Sherman’s March in Myth and Memory, The Myth of Nathan Bedford Forrest and The Mosby Myth: A Confederate Hero in Life and Legend.

New works on the Battle of the Little Big Horn

Custer and the Sioux, Durnford and the Zulus: Parallels in the American and British Defeats at the Little Bighorn (1876) and Isandlwana (1879) by Paul Williams

Author Paul Williams compares the many similarities between Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and Lieutenant Colonel Anthony W. Durnford, their fighting styles, tactical decision making and the disasters that were their final battles.

Health of the Seventh Cavalry: A Medical History edited by P. Willey and Douglas D. Scott

This book provides not only a medical history of the Seventh Cavalry but a cross sectional history for the whole army during the Indian Wars.  Along with statistics it provides a history of prevalent diseases.