None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead: The Story of Elizabeth Bacon Custer

None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead: The Story of Elizabeth Bacon Custer

Chris Enss, Howard Kazanjian

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 0762759690

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


On May 17, 1876, Elizabeth Bacon Custer kissed her husband George goodbye and wished him good fortune in his efforts to fulfill the Army’s orders to drive in the Native Americans who would not willingly relocate to a reservation.  Adorned in a black taffeta dress and a velvet riding cap with a red peacock feather that matched George’s red scarf, she watched the proud regiment ride off.  It was a splendid picture. 

This new biography of Elizabeth Bacon Custer relates the story of the famous and dashing couple's romance, reveals their life of adventure throughout the west during the days of the Indian Wars, and recounts the tragic end of the 7th cavalry and the aftermath for the wives. Libbie Custer was an unusual woman who followed her itinerant army husband's career to its end--but she was also an amazing master of propaganda who tried to recreate George Armstrong Custer's image after Little Bighorn. The author of many books about her own life (some of which are still in print) she was one of the most famous women of her time and remains a fascinating character in American history. 

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Armstrong. Henry was the son of George's sister Lydia, but was particularly close to his aunt Elizabeth and uncle George. Elizabeth considered the proposal but ultimately decided against it.23 Letters between George and Elizabeth came to a temporary halt on November 22, 1868, after George received orders from General Sheridan to take his men to the Washita River. Through a thick, fast-falling snow, a scout had come across the trail of a war party, 150 men strong. Wearing buffalo shoes and fur

the "clique" that aligned themselves with the couple. Benteen complained that their "conduct [was] unbecoming an officer, the wife of an officer, and his staff."2 Benteen might have felt differently had he been in command of loyal soldiers at a popular camp. Some visitors to the military camp referred to Fort Rice as "one of the most godforsaken spots on the Earth."3 In comparison to the lonely, near-desolate Fort Rice, Fort Lincoln was Shangrila. Five months prior to the Custers being

She was financially solvent, and known for being congenial, as well as a good housekeeper and cook. Judge Bacon and Rhoda were married in February 1859. When Elizabeth returned to Monroe from school later that year, she spent time getting to know her stepmother. Rhoda proved herself to be a truly caring and considerate person—so much so that Elizabeth soon came to call her "Mother." When Elizabeth became ill, Rhoda nursed her back to health. In several letters to her cousin, Rebecca Richmond,

Katz, Custer in Photographs,151–52; David Sloane Stanley (www .wikipedia.org); Monaghan, Custer: The Life of General George Armstrong Custer,340. 5. Custer, Boots and Saddles,26–35; Frost, General Custer's Libbie, 202–3; Katz, Custer in Photographs,151–52. 6. Custer, Elizabeth, Letter to Mr. Fox, October 4, 1927 (South Dakota Historical Society); Custer, Boots and Saddles,28, 31–34. 7. Custer, Boots and Saddles,28, 31–34. 8. Ibid., 46. 9. Frost, General Custer's Libbie,204. 10. Custer,

Utley, Robert M., ed. Life in Custer's Cavalry: Diaries and Letters of Albert and Jennie Barnitz, 1867–1868.Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. Utter, Jack. American Indians: Answers to Today's Questions.Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. Ward, Geoffrey C., Ric Burns, and Ken Burns. The Civil War.New York: Random House, 1994. ——. The West: An Illustrated History.New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1996. Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders.Baton

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