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5.0 out of 5 stars Print the legend, September 20, 2011
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This review is from: Custer's First Messenger!? Debunking the Story of Sergeant Daniel A. Kanipe (Hardcover)
At the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sgt. Daniel Kanipe of C Company claimed to have been sent to the rear with a message to hurry the pack train. As Arthur Unger has uncovered, however, everything Kanipe said about his heroic assignment was an invention to cover the fact that the wise sergeant was simply heading away from all those Indians. 

Few historians/writers will take Kanipe seriously again. Unger writes: "The entire story of Sergeant Kanipe is a lie, concocted to get Kanipe out of trouble for being where he should not have been." He adds that Kanipe, rather than serving as messenger, was simply another "straggler/deserter." 

Unger is a heavy-handed author and absolutely sure of himself, but his argument regarding Kanipe is persuasive. 

He writes that the fact that Kanipe was not called to testify at the Reno Court of Inquiry, two years after the battle,even though he was still a sergeant in the cavalry, "speaks volumes." Unger believes that the court did not want to "exacerbate the disgrace that befell the Army from the battle with sordid tales of multiple desertions from Custer's command. It was better to let the lie persist and go unexamined than risk the disgrace scrutiny would surely bring." 

Thanks to Unger's detective work, we can see the myth developing through Kanipe's letters to the first serious LBH researcher, Walter Camp, and interviews Kanipe gave to reporters in the early 1900s. Very possibly, even Kanipe began to believe what he was saying and inventing. Certainly his family did: both his son and his nephew added details to the story, muddying even Kanipe's versions and helping create the myth. 

Two of Kanipe's quotes ring true. Telling of other C Company soldiers who made it safely back to Reno's command, he added that the enlisted men knew about the desertions but no officers asked. Kanipe said: "No officer would consider talking seriously to an enlisted man, much less take his word for something." Now that sounds right. 

And it's possible that Kanipe will continue to be quoted as having heard Custer call out, "Boys, hold your horses, there are plenty of them down there for us all." It's possible Kanipe actually heard that, before he headed in the other direction, and it certainly sounds like something Custer would call out. 

But as for anyone believing again that Tom Custer or anyone else sent Kanipe back to hurry the pack train, that, as they say, is history. 

Instead, Kanipe becomes just another of the five deserters from C Company who made it back to safety. The story of those five has yet to be written. Maybe Unger will write it. 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debunking more myths of Custers Last Stand, October 25, 2011
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This review is from: Custer's First Messenger!? Debunking the Story of Sergeant Daniel A. Kanipe (Hardcover)
Excellent book on yet one more of the myths and false stories that came out of the battle of the Little Big Horn. Very interesting story backed with painstaking research to bring the forth the truth of the story of Sergant Daniel A. Kanipe. 
Mr. Unger gives us a fact based explanation to shed more light on the events of this ever famous battle.
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