“Custer in Nebraska” Coming to the Neihardt Center


At 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 9th, author and historian Jeff Barnes will present his newest presentation, “Custer in Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872.” Lt. Colonel George A. Custer was one of the best-known so-called Indian fighters of the 19th century, but four years before the epic Battle at the Little Big Horn (June 1876), he conducted a group of other stellar names on one of the last large-scale buffalo hunts on the Great Plains. In that group were the notorious Gen. Phil Sheridan, legendary William F. Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. Using newspaper accounts and photographs, Barnes will narrate the trip across Nebraska, beginning with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha.

Jeff Barnes is a former newspaper reporter and editor, now a freelance writer of historical focus. His other books include: “Forts of the Northern Plains” and “The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill.” Barnes is a popular speaker for Humanities Nebraska; another presentation is “Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska.”

The program is free and open to the public, and a reception follows the program. Barnes’ books will be available for sale and signing.

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