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Boots and Saddles: Or Life in Dakota with General Custer

By: Custer,Elizabeth B
Price: $16.95

University of Oklahoma Press, 1961.
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 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. Paperback,276 pages.