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The Saga of Custer, Comanche and Keogh
The Saga of Keogh, Comanche and Custer
By S. Edward Luce

5.5" x 8.5", 50 Pages, Perfect Bound

Book Description: If you have a library full of Custer books and memorbilia, it is not complete without this book, "The Saga of Keogh, Comanche, and Custer." A Roll of Honor for Brevet Major-General G. A. Custer including Captains, Lieutenants, Assistant Surgeons, Soldiers, Civilians and Arikaree Indian Scouts is included in the book. Only 1,000 will be printed as a collector's item. Anyone interested in the Custer's saga should add this book to their library. Scroll down to see the Table of Contents, Preface, and an index of words.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Edward S. Luce spent a lifetime interested in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His book became one of the basic reference tools for a serious study of Custer's defeat. Collectors the world over have all wanted a copy.

S. Edward Luce has now created his derivative monograph “The Saga of Keogh, Comanche and Custer.” It is published in a limited edition for those who wish to complete their libraries.

Price: $12.00 USD + $3.00 S/H
Softcover (Perfect Bound): 50 pages
Publisher: Borrego Publishing (November, 2006)
ISBN 10: 0-9778545-4-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-9778545-4-7
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Chapter 1: The Cavalry
Chapter 2: Keogh
Chapter 3: Comanche
Chapter 4: Battle of the Washita
Chapter 5: Custer's Balakliva
Chapter 6: Custer Guns and Wounded Knee.


In 1938, Edward S. Luce (my cousin) wrote “Keogh, Comanche and Custer.” It became one of the basic reference tools for a serious study of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, even though it had a limited printing. Out of print for over sixty years, it is my feeling that a derivative monograph is in order. The Saga of Keogh, Comanche and Custer will hopefully answer the need.

Edward S. Luce was in charge of the Little Big Horn monument from 1940 to 1956. His dream of a museum was realized on June 25, 1952. General Wainright and Colonel Brice Custer stood with him to dedicate the museum. Elizabeth Custer had donated uniforms and other Custer memorabilia in support of a museum prior to her death.

Edward S. Luce had actually joined the 7th Cavalry in 1907. It still had a deep memory concerning the Custer disaster which occurred thirty-one years earlier. He served in the Military off and on through World War One. In 1940 he became the superintendent of the Custer Battlefield. The National Park Service eventually was put in charge. Edward S. Luce was again put in charge. The Battlefield also included a National Cemetery.

Originally Edward S. Luce gained the rank of sergeant in company B of the 7th Cavalry. This trained him to always run things in a militaristic style. His original desire for a museum and improvements at the site are responsible for its public acceptance today.

Edward S. Luce had an advantage of having been stationed with the 7th Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas in its historical department, where he could review the history of the 7th first hand. Here he discovered “Gary Owen.” The regimental music was first played by the 7th in 1867.

It was Buffalo Bill Cody who said, “There was never a treaty between the Government and the Indians, which was not first broken by the white man.” The Indian bureau during the plains wars represented an inept and almost criminal organ-ization. Most of the agents were political appointees with absolutely no experience with Indians.

Indians during this time had no day in court, no recourse for unfair treatment. His only way to save himself was to pick up a rifle and use it. It was then that Washington sent troops to solve the Indian problem. The Indians mutilated and scalped the dead bodies of their enemies, which gained them a reputation as savages.

Custer, at the Battle of the Washita, was carrying out orders of his commanders to exterminate the Indians. Later at the Little Big Horn, Custer would again be carrying out orders to subdue the Indians and force them onto reservations.

One of the questions we can put to rest right away is “who killed Custer?” No one knows and no amount of research is going to answer that question. Chief Rain in the Face was interviewed in his later years. He said he rode toward the soldiers trapped on the hill. He could see one man who seemed to be directing the fire of the other soldiers. All of a sudden this man clutched his side and then fell over when hit in the head by a bullet. He did not know who killed this man or whether or not it was Custer, but we can assume it was.

Lieutenant Colonel (Bvt. Major General) George Armstrong Custer led 12 companies of the 7th Cavalry to the Little Big Horn. He had been a Civil War hero and undefeated in battle. There was probably not a thought in his mind that he might lose.

The author has walked the battlefield. The terrain is still there, much as it looked the day of the battle. There are crosses where each man died. One cannot imagine what it was like for Custer, who faced a village of over 8,000 Indians, of which more than 3,500 were warriors.

Custer’s widow Elizabeth Bacon Custer did everything she could to further the General’s reputation. Libbie’s charm helped advance her husband's career. She socialized with powerful Congressmen, Senators and other military officers. General Sheridan admired the Custers so much that he gave her the table on which Grant wrote Lee’s terms of surrender. After General Custer’s death, Libbie worked untirely to turn him into a hero for boys. Libbie lived until 1933, having spent her life glorifying her husband.

S. Edward Luce

All items on this web page, including the index below are Copyright © 2006 by S. Edward Luce. The information presented here may not under any circumstances be resold or redistributed without the expressed written permission from the author.


Al Colvin, Arapahoe, ARCINC, Armee Corps, Army, Autie Reed, Battalion of Saint Patrick, Battle 0f Wounded Knee, Battle of the Little Big Horn, Battle of the Washita, Benteen, Big Foot, Big Horn Mountains, Black Hills, Brevetted Lt. Colonel, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bvt. Colonel, Bvt. Colonel Thompson, Bvt. Lt. Colonel Barnitz, Bvt. Lt. Colonel Tom Custer, Bvt. Major General, Calhoun Hill, Captain Benteen, Captain G.K. Sanderson, Captain Hamilton, Captain Keogh, Captain McDougall, Captain Thomas Weir, Captain Yates, Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hair, Chief Black Kettle, Chief Crazy Horse, Chief Gall, Chief Rain, Cody, Colonel Brice Custer, Colonel Forsyth, Colonel Gibbon, Colonel M.V. Sheridan, Commanche, Confederates, Coppinger, Corrigador, Crook, Crow's Nest, Custer Guns, Custer Hill, Custer Monument, Custer's Balakliva, Custer's Last Stand, Davis Creek, DeRudio, Dublin University, Egyptians, Elizabeth Custer, Ellis Station, Evan Keogh's, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Fort Apache, Fort Bliss, Fort Ellis, Fort Lincoln, Fort Riley, Frederick W. Benteen, Ft. Leavenworth, Gary Owen, General Burnside, General Crook, General Custer, General Lamoriciere, General McClellan, General Phillip Sheridan, General Sheridan, General Taylor, General W.T. Sherman, General Wainright, George Armstrong Custer, Ghost Dance, Goose Creek, Grand Duke Alexis, Hayfield, Historians, Indian Ambush, International Boundary Commission, Ireland, Irish, Italy, John Keogh, July, Kansas, Kiowa, L. Captain Yates, Lakota, Lakota Sioux, Lame White Man, Later, Libbie, Lieutenant Calhoun, Lieutenant Colonel, Little Big Horn, Lt. Calhoun, Lt. Colonel Myers, Lt. Ramsey, Major Elliot, Major Reno, Marcus A. Reno, Margarete Blancheville, McClellan, McDougall, Medicine Tail Coulee, Miles W. Keogh, Military, Minnesota, Montana, Myles Keogh, National Cemetery, National Park Service, Nebraska, Nowlan, Okeefe, Papal Army, People, Philippines, Piedmontese Army, Pine Ridge, Piute Indian, Pope, Port Republic, Reno's, Rosebud, S. Army, S. Edward Luce, Saga of Keogh, Senators, Sergeant Kanipe, Seventh Cavalry, 7TH Cavalry, Sheridan, Sioux, Sitting Bull, Spencer, Springfield Carbines, St. Louis, Swiss, Texas, The Battle of the Washita, The Indian, Thomas W. Custer, Two Moons, U. S. Civil War, U.S. Cavalry, Union Army, United States, United States of America, University of Kansas, Warriors, Washington, Washington D.C., Washita, Washita Campaign, Wild West Show, Winchester repeating rifles, World War II, Wounded Knee, Wovoka

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George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Promoted at an early age to brigadier general, he was a flamboyant and aggressive commander during numerous Civil War battles, known for his personal bravery in leading charges against opposing cavalry. He led the Michigan Brigade whom he called the "Wolverines" during the Civil War. He was defeated and killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes led by Sitting Bull.

The Comanche are a Native American group whose historical range (the Comancheria) consisted of present-day Eastern New Mexico, Southern Colorado, Southern Kansas, all of Oklahoma, and most of Northern and Southern Texas. There might once have been as many as 20,000 Comanches. Today, the Comanche Nation consists of approximately 10,000 members, about half of whom live in Oklahoma (centered at Lawton), with the remainder concentrated in Texas, California, and New Mexico.

Kehoe or Keogh is the name of a clan that existed in southern Ireland. Many of their descendants then emigrated to America and have spread though out that country making Kehoe/Keogh a fairly common last name. The name is spelled in a variety of ways, however most common is "Kehoe" and "Keogh". In Ireland the Kehoe version is used most often in and around County Wexford while Keogh is more common throughout the rest of the country. Kehoe/Keogh is one of several versions of the Irish name "Mac Eochaidh". Commanche, Calvary, Custermania, collector's.