Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Bighorn

By Johnny D. Boggs
Read By various narrators, Lloyd James, Jim Meskimen, Traber Burns, Sam Osheroff, Johnny Heller, Eric G. Dove, Michael Kramer, Tanya Eby, Donald Corren, Chris Abell


Audience: Adult

Language: English


Johnny D. Boggs turns the battlefield itself into a character in this historical retelling of Custer’s Last Stand, when George Custer led most of his command to annihilation at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in southern Montana in 1876.

More than forty first-person narratives are used—Indian and white, military and civilian, men and women—to paint a panorama of the battle itself.

Boggs brings the events and personalities of the Battle of the Little Bighorn to life in a series of first-hand accounts.


“Boggs gives voice to all classes of soldier and Sioux, to the desperation of Custer’s command, and the determination of their foe.”

Historical Novels Review

“Boggs writes from the heart, almost as if he is channeling each person.”

News-Gazette (Champaign, Illinois)

“Approaches [the Battle of the Little Bighorn] as a mosaic, using some forty-seven points of view, from the famous, such as Crazy Horse and Custer’s wife, Libbie, to such minor characters as an army trumpeter and a brash Indian teen trying to count coup. While George Armstrong Custer, or Long Hair, is featured in almost every vignette…the ensuing accounts of Benteen, Dr. Henry Porter, and Sergeant Michael Madden, who joins the seemingly impossible run for water, form an almost unbearably intense narrative…Filling out the mosaic, Boggs tells several stories from both Indian and army perspectives…This is an enthralling book.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Boggs adds yet another perspective to this famous Old West fight. Boggs’ approach uses the fictionalized narratives of historical participants, and although not an original idea, he carries it off beautifully…Boggs also reveals the bitter feelings, rivalries, and hatred between Custer and his seniors and subordinates…The battle scenes are described in all their bloody savagery. The highlight is Boggs’ portrayals of Captain Frederick Benteen and Major Marcus Reno and their surviving cavalrymen…This novel contains no new historical scholarship, but it does effectively paint a grim, gory, and realistic image of Indian warfare, period racism, and the political scapegoating that usually occurs after a military disaster.”

Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, been bucked off horses (breaking two ribs last time), shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, traipsed around ghost towns, and spent hours poring over microfilm in library archives—all in the name of finding a good story. He has won six Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and has been called by Booklist magazine “among the best Western writers at work today.” He also writes for numerous magazines, including True West, Wild West, Boys’ Life, and Western Art & Architecture, speaks and lectures often, studies old Western and film noir movies, and finds time to coach Little League. A native of South Carolina and former newspaper journalist, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and son. His website is