Crisp Museum Presents ‘Springfield and Winchester: Story of Little Big Horn’ Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 31, 2008 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will sponsor a lecture entitled “Springfield and Winchester: Story of Little Big Horn,” April 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Glenn Convocation Center at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.

The lecture will be given by James Phillips, curator of collections at the Crisp Museum and archaeology instructor for Southeast’s Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology. Phillips will discuss recent archaeological evidence that has challenged the standard interpretation of the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876) between the United States 7th Cavalry, led by General George Custer, and a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne Indians, led by Sitting Bull.

Phillips’ presentation considers the pivotal role that firearm technology played in determining the outcome of “Custer’s Last Stand,” including new evidence that charts the course of the battle and shows how the Cavalry’s fixed defenses and single-shot Springfield rifles were no match for the Indians’ repeating Winchesters and flexible tactics.

The lecture is free and open to the public.