My Life on the Plains: Personal Experiences with Indians (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

My Life on the Plains: Personal Experiences with Indians (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by George Armstrong Custer
     
 

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"Your articles on the Plains are by far the best I have ever read," - William T. Sherman to George Armstrong Custer

Two years before he became a legend at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer penned his fascinating memoir, My Life on the Plains. Written when he was just thirty-four years old, it tells of his early years as a cavalry

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"Your articles on the Plains are by far the best I have ever read," - William T. Sherman to George Armstrong Custer

Two years before he became a legend at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer penned his fascinating memoir, My Life on the Plains. Written when he was just thirty-four years old, it tells of his early years as a cavalry commander on America's military frontier and his part in the grim business of Indian warfare against the formidable tribes still resisting white encroachment. My Life on the Plains not only remains an important source for historians by a leading participant in the Indian Wars, but a red-blooded tale that can still evoke a vanishing frontier, the thrill of the buffalo chase, and the warlike panoply of Indian horsemen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411430419
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
297,913
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Ohio in 1839 and raised in Michigan, George Armstrong Custer secured an appointment in 1857 to West Point. At twenty-three years old, he became the Union Army’s youngest general. Custer’s metamorphosis from slain national hero to self-serving, incompetent, and even genocidal villain—still the symbolic frontier soldier, recast as a handy scapegoat for America’s sins against the Indian—has failed to dim interest in his memoirs. 

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My Life on the Plains 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tough group of men back in them days...an interesting account done well...
MCS65 More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in the West during the mid 1800's will enjoy this book. Personally, I like the first person feel of Custer's style. He tells the reader what problems were encountered and how they were dealt with. Curiously, the political situation of his time, concerning Washington, DC is not very different from today. He relates day to day activity of troop movements, consideration for animal forage, dealing with Indians that are not happy with the invasion of the white men, problems of troop retention,their morale, and how to deal with deserters, difficulty protecting isolated ranches. You and I deal with possible traffic tie ups. He deals with the possibility of supply trains being looted and settlers being killed or "outraged". I found it an interesting read.
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this is a great book by a great american. custer knew his enemy and didn't flinch. he dealt with a double timing government beauracy while facing off with a passive,aggressive, savage enemy. revisionist historians will have us believe the poor american indian was exploited by careless america and pushed off their land. perhaps this book will help clear up the facts. also, this a good read for foreign policy employees.