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

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 al ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 15th 1961 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published February 1st 1885)
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Feb 25, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it
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 part
Jan 28, 2009 Jeff rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting because of when it was written. So much horn tooting, you would think that Custer wrote it himself.
Oct 19, 2012 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 const
Aug 02, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2013 Jeri rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, nf-biography
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....
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Jan 17, 2014 William Durkee rated it really liked it
I didnt expect it. What a perspective, from an observant participant in the couple of years leading up to Little Bighorn. Libbie Custer didnt 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
Sep 13, 2011 Margaret Thomson rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 06, 2015 Dale rated it liked it
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.
Apr 23, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 16, 2013 Kristeen rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 15, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by his wife to bolster GAC's image after the fiasco of his last stand.
Mar 08, 2012 cynthia rated it liked it
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.
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Aug 17, 2015 Cheryl Cameron rated it it was amazing
Charming book. Great history.
Mar 13, 2011 Lucie rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 24, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok
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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“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.” 0 likes
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