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Author Steve Adelson Will Discuss "Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind" on October 27

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Date: October 17, 2018
Contact: Bob Cromwell, Chief of Interpretation, (360) 816-6253
Contact: Mary Rose, Executive Director of the Friends of Fort Vancouver,, (360) 816-6219

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Vancouver invite you to attend a free book signing and presentation by Steve Adelson, author of Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center.

Steve Adelson is an historian of American western expansion and the Indian Wars in the American West. He is also a seasonal Park Ranger Interpreter at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Adelson is also a writer and speaker focusing on the Indian Wars and westward expansion. At the Custer Battlefield, he has presented his riveting “Battle Talk” Apocalypse at Little Bighorn; Custer’s Final Battle to thousands of visitors from around the world. He has been a consultant on the history of the epic battle, appearing on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBS Sunday Morning, Travel Channel, radio shows and other media outlets. 

Adelson’s fascination with “Custer’s Last Stand” has captivated him since boyhood. He has been an avid student of this epic battle for the past 25 years. His book Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind comes packaged with a DVD of his powerful presentation, ‘Contested Ground,’ filmed at the battlefield where the events chronicled in the book took place. The book is $25 in the Friends’ Bookstore in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.

This widely acclaimed publication package—book (now in its third printing) and DVD—is the number one seller at Custer Battlefield Museum and other outlets. Copies are available at the Friends’ Bookstore & Gallery.

A veteran educator of 30 years service, he has taught graduate courses through Montana State University and the Heritage Institute. His flagship courses ‘Apocalypse at Little Bighorn’ and ‘the Bozeman Trail; Days of Thunder’ have provided a fascinating living history experience to a multitude of students.
Steve holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in Education from Montana State University. He has a colorful flair as a storyteller and his writing is emotionally descriptive. Little Bighorn, Voices from a Distant Wind is his first book. [Retail in the Friends’ Bookstore for $25.00.]

The famous Custer Battlefield holds numerous links to the Fort Vancouver site and the US Army’s Vancouver Barracks. The controversial Colonel Marcus Reno served in Oregon before the Civil War and after, he served in the Inspector General’s Office at Vancouver Barracks for Department of the Columbia. As a Colonel, John Gibbon led the first troops onto the scene of the Custer Battlefield and helped rescue Reno’s survivors. In 1885, Gibbon became Commanding General of the Department of the Columbia. He and his family were the first to live in today’s “Marshall House.” Donald McIntosh, son of an HBC employee and a Native American descendent of Red Jacket lived at the Hudson Bay Company Fort Vancouver as a youth and when his father was killed in the late 1840s. “Young Mac” moved east and joined the Union Army during the Civil War and eventually became a 1st Lieutenant in the 7th U.S. Cavalry. McIntosh held command of Company G under Reno’s troops, who were among the last to leave the timber when Reno desperately ordered his overwhelmed troops to withdraw across the river onto the bluffs. Indians knocked McIntosh from his horse and quickly killed him. Gibbon’s troops buried all the soldiers’ bodies where they fell in battle. Eventually, McIntosh’s remains were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.

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What: Book Signing and Presentation by author Steve Adelson

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 2:30 pm to 4 pm

Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free


Last updated: October 17, 2018

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