The Better Brother: Tom & George Custer and the Battle for the American West [NOOK Book]

Overview

Years of painstaking research have uncovered more detail on Thomas Ward Custer, the younger brother of the legendary General George Custer. Historians are now coming to understand the full influence of Tom Custer on his brother and American life, from his heroic exploits during the Civil War to his legendary bravery during the Indian Wars, where he served under his brother as his aide-de-camp. Had Tom not been overshadowed by his more famous brother, he might well have become one of the more notable characters ...
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The Better Brother: Tom & George Custer and the Battle for the American West

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Overview

Years of painstaking research have uncovered more detail on Thomas Ward Custer, the younger brother of the legendary General George Custer. Historians are now coming to understand the full influence of Tom Custer on his brother and American life, from his heroic exploits during the Civil War to his legendary bravery during the Indian Wars, where he served under his brother as his aide-de-camp. Had Tom not been overshadowed by his more famous brother, he might well have become one of the more notable characters and military officers of the American West. Despite winning two Congressional Medals of Honor, his legendary feud with Rain-in-the-Face, the shooting scrape with “Wild Bill” Hickok, and many other fearsome exploits, Tom has taken a backseat to George in the American imagination. Only recently has his influence on the history of the United States become fully understood and appreciated by scholars.
Author Roy Bird takes us inside the circle of Tom and Autie, whose close-knit relationship and intense rivalry in hunting, military skills, business, and even romance would span from their boyhood farm in Ohio to their heroic end at the Battle of Little Bighorn, where they were, as always, together. Bird’s The Better Brother is not only the story of two brothers whose incredible talents and healthy rivalry drove each other to greatness, but also a story at the center of American history.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012850218
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company KY
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 645,878
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Historian, fiction writer, professor, and longtime Custer researcher Roy Bird was born in Herington, Kansas. A graduate of Kansas State University and Emporia State University, he has written or edited more than a dozen books and over two hundred articles and short stories about Kansas and the American West. Roy is on the adjunct faculty at Washburn University. He and his family live on a farm near Auburn, Kansas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Great read,still a work in progress!

    I have always been interested in The battle of Little Bighorn,but have never read much about Tom Custer,very good so far!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Very interesting!

    Tom Custer is buried in the national cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, just a few miles from my home and work. But we've never known much about him because of George Custer's overwhelming legend. It was great to finally learn about Tom, and gave us a great appreciation of our "next door neighbor".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Good Book

    If you like History this is the book for you.

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