​Custer Abandoned

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by
Frederick J. Gientke, PE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
To fully understand and appreciate the complicated field conditions that existed during the 1876 Sioux War, Gientke retraced the campaign trails of Brigadier General Terry, Lt. Col. Custer, Col. Gibbon and Brigadier General Crook several times each. In the photo to the right, Gientke is shown on Custer's trail to the Little Big Horn. His three Crow Indian guides during that trip are shown in the photo to the left – Shawn, Tim and their father Chief Real Bird (left to rigjht).
To validate the Premise and Conclusions..in the book, Gientke visited numerous Sioux War battle sites including the Little Big Horn, Rosebud Creek, Fetterman Massacre  Reynolds' Powder River Ambush , Tongue River, Prairie Dog Creek, Tulloch and Sunday Creeks, Slim Buttes, Forts Kerney, Fetterman, Ellis, Lincoln, Reno, Huachuca, Verde and many other historic sites. One highlight of these travels was campibg along the Little Missouri River near Medora, North Dakota. Here, six massive bison and two wild stallions roamd fearlessly through our campground. It was near this location where Custer crossed the Little Missouri on his way to the Sioux Lands. Gientke's wife Betty accompanied his throughout his major explorations providing photo support and historic interpretions.. ..
The author is a Registered Civil Engineer specializing in water operations and management of major water projects, flood and groundwater studies including the  management of a California water district. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in Civil Engineer and has worked in many water projects in the western states, Washington, DC and in Egypt for the Ministry of Irrigation...
The background photo is of the Yellowstone River Valley just upstream from Columbus, Montana. This river flows from right to left and at the top right, the Stillwater River empties into the Yellowstone. .