The Custer Story: The Life and Intimate Letters of General George A. Custer and His Wife Elizabeth

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Marguerite Merington
U of Nebraska Press, 01.01.1987 - 339 Seiten
During separations enforced by the military, Lieutenant General George A. Custer and his wife, Elizabeth, corresponded about the Civil War, the perils of frontier life, and the chain of events that would lead to his tragic death at the Little Big Horn in Montana Territory. Their letters reveal the nuances of personal and political loyalties rarely expressed by historians and novelists. And they reveal a devotion rare among wartime marriages. He was her "Autie," her "Darling Boy," and she was his "Libbie," his "Darling Sunbeam."

When Elizabeth Custer died in 1933, after fifty-seven years of widowhood, she left behind these treasured letters. Her friend and literary executor, Marguerite Merington, edited them, adding related materials and a thread of narrative reaching from Custer's birth on an Ohio farm to the final fury at the Little Big Horn.

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Acknowledgments vii
3
THE BACONS AND PAGES
14
CAPTAIN CUSTER
25
LIBBIE BACON
38
COURTSHIP
40
BRIGADIER GENERAL
57
MARRIAGE
73
WAR CORRESPONDENCE
86
COURTMARTIAL
197
REINSTATEMENT
216
NEW YORK AND KENTUCKY
229
OUTSIDE THE STATES
246
FORT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
268
POLITICS
281
THE MARCH
296
THE LAST STAND
311

MAJOR GENERAL
110
CLOSING SCENES OF THE CIVIL WAR
131
APPOMATTOX AND AFTER
156
LIEUTENANT COLONEL
185
ELIZABETH JOINS HER HUSBAND
324
Index
331
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