Boots and Saddles: The Experiences of General Custer's Wife on the Western Plains
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Boots and Saddles: The Experiences of General Custer's Wife on the Western Plains

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A classic account of life on the Western Frontier
Mrs Custer-Libby-the love of George Armstrong Custer's life is in some regard no less famous than her husband. They were in the truest sense 'a couple' and our understanding of their relationship has been enhanced by Elizabeth Custer's writing of her time in the company of her husband during his campaigning on the Western P...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Leonaur Ltd (first published February 1st 1885)
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Dec 20, 2009 Mary rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of history
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 lo...more
Elwood Bergman
A rare view into the 19th century. She gives such a frank and lucid description of everyday life that I got a sense of what it was really like to live in that time and place. Whether GAC was such a great guy or not, her love for him comes through.
William Durkee
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.
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....
Margaret Thomson
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.
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.
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!
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.
Interesting because of when it was written. So much horn tooting, you would think that Custer wrote it himself.
Interesting history of General Custer and his wife living in North Dakota before his historic and fatal battle.
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Elizabeth Bacon Custer (April 8, 1842 - April 4, 1933) was the wife of General George Armstrong Custer. After his death, she became an outspoken advocate for her husband's legacy through her popular books and lectures. Largely as a result of her endless campaigning on his behalf, Custer's iconic portrayal as the gallant fallen hero amid the glory of 'Custer’s Last Stand' was a canon of American hi...more
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