Custer's Last Drag: An Examination of Tobacco Use Among the Seventh Cavalry During the Nineteenth Century

by Vihlene, Shannon Marjorie

Abstract (Summary)
Tobacco has played an integral role in global history, and there are numerous historical records related to tobacco use over the past five hundred years. The odontological evidence recovered from the Custer National Battlefield infers a high frequency of tobacco use within the Seventh Calvary, yet nineteenth century historical records fail to mention such intensive use in the Seventh Calvary. This paper will briefly discuss late nineteenth century tobacco culture and apply that to a bioarchaeological research project associated with remains from the Custer National Battlefield to addresses this contradiction between historical and physical records.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Dr. Kelly Dixon; Dr. Ashley McKeown; Dr. Harry Fritz

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:08/07/2008

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