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Boots and Saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer
     

Boots and Saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer

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by Elizabeth B. Custer, Louise Barnett (Introduction)
 

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The honeymoon of Elizabeth Bacon and George Armstrong Custer was interrupted in 1864 by his call to duty with the Army of the Potomac. Her entreaties to be allowed to travel along set the pattern of her future life. From that time onward, she did indeed accompany General Custer on all his major assignments except the summer Indian campaigns, “the only woman,&

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The honeymoon of Elizabeth Bacon and George Armstrong Custer was interrupted in 1864 by his call to duty with the Army of the Potomac. Her entreaties to be allowed to travel along set the pattern of her future life. From that time onward, she did indeed accompany General Custer on all his major assignments except the summer Indian campaigns, “the only woman,” she said, “who always rode with the regiment.”
 
This is the story of Elizabeth B. Custer (1842–1933), told in her own words. She was not only a housewife on the Plains; she was whatever the occasion demanded: nurse to a group of frostbitten soldiers; any-hour-of-the-day hostess to the regiment, since her husband was not fond of entertaining; the garrison’s favorite confidante (and many an interesting story she has to tell); and would-be Indian fighter whenever the women of the regiment had to be left alone.
 
Boots and Saddles also offers a gentle, loving portrait of George Armstrong Custer, husband and man, by the person who knew him best. Elizabeth Custer’s absolute devotion to him is revealed in every line of her story, which ends, appropriately enough, with the day on which she received the news of the disaster at Little Big Horn.

Editorial Reviews

Montana: The Magazine of Western History

“This is a warmly human, first-hand account of the hardships, disappointments, fun and flattery, joys, and heartaches of women who accompanied their military husbands across the sage, up turbulent rivers, over the badlands of Dakota into the far reaches of the Western frontier, during the Indian troubles of the mid-1870s.”—Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Montana: The Magazine of Western History
“This is a warmly human, first-hand account of the hardships, disappointments, fun and flattery, joys, and heartaches of women who accompanied their military husbands across the sage, up turbulent rivers, over the badlands of Dakota into the far reaches of the Western frontier, during the Indian troubles of the mid-1870s.”—Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803234567
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Barnett is a professor of American studies at Rutgers University and the author of numerous books, including Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer, available in a Bison Books edition, and Atrocity and American Military Justice in Southeast Asia.

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Boots and Saddles: Or, Life in Dakota with General Custer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BettyF More than 1 year ago
Excellent. I expected it to be dull and uninteresting, but I was wrong. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read on the daily life of a calvery soilder and family members in the 1860's. The information about the general and his interaction with his troops and family members gives you a side of the general I have not read anywhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ha ve a better understanding of life on the great plains, remarkable tale of wife of General Custer!
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