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Boots and Saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer - Elizabeth Bacon Custer

Boots and Saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer

By: Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Louise Barnett (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780803234567
Number Of Pages: 342

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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.

"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 *

I. Change of Station; II. A Blizzard; III. Western Hospitality; IV. Cavalry on the March; V. Camping among the Sioux; VI. A Visit to the Village of "Two Bears"; VII. Adventure during the Last Days of March; VIII. Separation and Reunion; IX. Our New Home at Fort Lincoln; X. Incidents of Every-day Live; XI. The Burning of Our Quarters.--Carrying the Mail; XII. Perplexities and Pleasures of Domestic Life; XIII. A "Strong Heart" Dance!; XIV. Garrison Life; XV. General Custer's Literary Work; XVI. Indian Depredations; XVII. A Day of Anxiety and Terror; XVIII. Improvements at the Post, and Gardening; XIX. General Custer's Library; XX. The Summer of the Black Hills Expedition; XXI. Domestic Trials; XXII. Capture and Escape of Rain-in-the-Face; XXIII. Garrison Amusements; XXIV. An Indian Council; XXV. Breaking Up of the Missouri; XXVI. Curious Characters and Excursionists among Us; XXVII. Religious Services.--Leave of Absence; XXVIII. A Winter's Journey across the Plains; XXIX. Our Life's Last Chapter Appendix: With Extracts of General Custer's Letters

ISBN: 9780803234567
ISBN-10: 0803234562
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34