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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. She begged to be allowed to go along, thus setting the pattern of her future life. From that time on, she accompanied General Custer on all of his major assignments, aside from the summer Indian campaigns—"the only woman," she said, "who alThe honeymoon of Elizabeth Bacon and George Armstrong Custer was interrupted in 1864 by his call to duty with the Army of the Potomac. She begged to be allowed to go along, thus setting the pattern of her future life. From that time on, she accompanied General Custer on all of his major assignments, aside from the summer Indian campaigns—"the only woman," she said, "who always rode with the regiment."Her story, told by herself, is an absorbing adventure. Moreover, there is a added bonus—a gentle, loving portrait of George Armstrong Custer, husband and man, by the person who knew him best, his wife. Her absolute devotion to him is revealed in every line of her account, which ends, appropriately enough, with the day on which she received the news of the disaster at the Little Big Horn....

Title : Boots and Saddles: Or, Life in Dakota with General Custer
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Boots and Saddles: Or, Life in Dakota with General Custer Reviews

  • Roberta
    2019-03-04 15:15

    I read this book after finding out that Libbie Custer wrote it while staying with a friend on East Street just a very short walk from where I live. Quite an eye-opener for me since all I knew about Gen. Custer was that he graduated at the bottom of his class at West Point and was on the wrong side in the 1958 Disney movie, Tonka. But I soon realized that this book is almost more interesting for what is glossed over than what it tells. Libby spends a lot of the book talking about clothes and parties but, if you read carefully, people are dropping like flies. They are in a lot more danger from accidents, disease and the environment than from the natives. The terrain, weather, and shortages of medicine, food, and water almost kill them off several times but, to hear Libbie tell it, the big problem is hiring the right servants. The regiment has no doctor, their veterinarian gets shot by the Indians but they protect the regimental tailor with their very lives because there is nothing worse than having a uniform that doesn't flatter your manly figure. It is also very interesting to get an inside look at 19th century womanhood from Libbie's point of view. I absolutely couldn't believe it when Libbie says women are born with a fear of mice! Libbie thought nothing of her husband shooting all kinds of animals from eagles to grizzly bears, doing the taxidermy himself, and displaying the corpses all over their house but on page 203 she squeals at the mere thought of his pet mouse. A previous reader left a medical advertising sticky note in the book that I got out of the library. The person noted on it: p. 108 Killickinnic tobacco. !See muscles p. 109. Warrier p. 109

  • Jeff
    2019-03-22 18:22

    Interesting because of when it was written. So much horn tooting, you would think that Custer wrote it himself.

  • Megargee
    2019-03-24 18:39

    Bright, petite, and determined, Elizabeth Bacon was only 21 when she married 25 year old “Boy General” George Armstrong Custer in 1864. This memoir is the story of their marriage and their life in the military, specifically the period from 1873 until Custer’s death at the Little Big Horn in June 1876. Duting this period , Custer and the 7th Cavalry he commanded were dispatched to Dakota Territory to protect the westward expansion of the railroad and keep the Indians on their reservations. Uniquely among officers’ wives, Libby Custer followed George on all his assignments and, except for actual military campaigns (such as the Little Big Horn), accompanied him and the troops on their movements and expeditions. Riding sidesaddle at his side, she confessed she was always afraid and “sometimes terrified” but wrote , “ is infinitely worse to be left behind, a prey to all the horrors of imagining what may be happening to the one we love,” a sentiment that the spouses of all first responders and combat personnel can understand. (Libby was not supposed to know that the troops had agreed that they would shoot her if her capture was inevitable.) I was interested in the logistics involved in moving a command of 900 troopers and their horses, tack, fodder, and weapons as well as building materials up the Missouri to establish a fort near Bismarck. In winter the river froze and the troopers had to chop through the ice to get water for the animals. Their tents and structures were so flimsy that frostbite was a danger. With few books or musical instruments the garrison personnel had to resort to charades and recitations to entertain themselves. After George’s death, Libby devoted her life to defending his reputation, writing two other books and giving lectures and interviews until her death in 1933, two days short of her 91st birthday. Her writing in this book is exquisite, filled with wry humor and replete with vivid descriptions of the real frontier. As an added bonus, the 1960 University of Oklahoma Press edition that I read had an introduction by historian Jane Stewart placing Libby's memoir in context and 50 pages of excerpts of letters George wrote Libby describing his expeditions and the peoples he encountered.

  • Lowell Moore
    2019-03-11 15:27

    Words from Libbi CusterThis is a unique opportunity to read the story of General George Armstrong Custer written by his wife,Libbi. There is a lot of documentation about Custer but more interesting coming from the person closest to him.

  • Phil Bouncer
    2019-03-07 13:41

    A great readAn engaging read into prairie life with the 7th cavalry, through the eyes of E.B Custer. Very, very enjoyable indeed.

  • Rita
    2019-03-18 20:38

    This memoir by George Custer's widow is at times interesting and at times a lot funnier than she probably intended. She took great pains to always show him in the most favorable light possible, and I don't think ever referred to him by any name other than 'The General'.They didnt exactly live in a soddy, but they did suffer the loss of the first house to fire which started in a chimney. At point she mentioned that the General did not want her to even go into the kitchen. She lamented the constant problem officers wives had of the loss of servants to marriage, and talked of the almost daily gaiety and social activity that revolved around their house. It did bother me that she would relate the speech of her African American cook in the manner spoken, which today would be considered very racist, and occasionally wrote about the life of the Indians who lived near the garrison, giving me the impression she rally didnt want to have any association with them.A lot of the book appeared to me to be somewhat romanticized, but makes sense considering the time and purpose of the book. She would be a brilliant politician if she lived today.

  • Mary
    2019-02-24 19:25

    I've finished this book and recommend it for it's historical value. I enjoyed Elizabeth Custer's insight into her husband's love for his men, his dogs, and life on the frontier. At the end of the book, Mrs. Custer described a mirage she saw after they had set out on their final march to what will be the battle at Little Big Horn. She has joinied her husband for the first day's march. The line of calvary, infantry, scouts, pack mules, artillery, and white-covered wagons made a column two miles long. "As the sun broke through the mist a mirage appeared, which took up about half of the line of cavalry, and thenceforth for a little distance it marched, equally plain to the sight on the earth and in the sky. The future of the heroic band, whose days were even then numbered, seemed to be revealed, and already there seemed a premonition in the supernatural translation as their forms were reflected from the opaque mist of the early dawn." That image really struck me.

  • Jeri
    2019-03-03 13:41

    What would it like to be married to General George Custer...dashing handsome and the most popular soldier "ever" until little big horn? In this autobiography , Elizabeth Custer relates a diverse tale..from the politics of the east coast, to the loneliness of the various posts in the wilderness and the loneliness of being an army wife...even if she was among the elite of army wives. If one is interested in this era she spins quite a yarn of what life was truly like....

  • William Durkee
    2019-03-06 13:34

    I didn´t expect it. What a perspective, from an observant participant in the couple of years leading up to Little Bighorn. Libbie Custer didn´t miss a thing. There are great descriptions of life with the cavalry, of the troopers, of the land, the Indians, and the conditions, for example the harsh weather. The final chapter was almost a tear-jerker. I absolutely recommend this book.

  • Margaret Thomson
    2019-03-10 20:27

    Truly amazing story of Mrs. General Custer, who went out West with her husband. The hardships they endured, both getting to posts and living there, were unbelievable for a modern person. Not to mention living in Indian Territory as if it were PA or Ohio--a "civilized" place. One incident: Custer writes to his wife that he has taken up taxidermy while living away from the post! 1874-76.

  • Dale
    2019-02-25 17:14

    It was an interesting read; but then it was also a self-serving story of a man who was obviously idolized by his wife and it's apparent from this biography that she was terribly prejudiced. Read with caution. This is not an impartial undertaking of Custer's life.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-09 17:40

    Mrs. Custer writes of the human/emotional side of her life with the "General." Her turn of a phrase is delightful and she leads the reader past the x and o of battle strategy into the hearts of the soldiers and their families.

  • Kristeen
    2019-03-15 21:41

    Life as an army wife has improved. So has North Dakota and St. Paul. And mosquito control. But I just couldn't feel connected to the General's wife. I'm glad I never had to in the same FRG.

  • Patty
    2019-03-19 15:17

    Written by his wife to bolster GAC's image after the fiasco of his last stand.

  • cynthia
    2019-03-01 14:23

    A very intersting read. Going in, one knows to expect a rosy picture of General Custer because his wife is the author. It's a good snapshot of an interesting time.

  • Cheryl Cameron
    2019-03-22 13:43

    Charming book. Great history.

  • Lucie
    2019-03-19 17:29

    As a military wife it was interesting to look back 150 years to see what life was like as a military family. In some ways it has changed a lot, and in others, not at all!

  • Melissa
    2019-03-14 16:39

    Interesting history of General Custer and his wife living in North Dakota before his historic and fatal battle.