By Elizabeth Bacon Custer
The honeymoon of Elizabeth Bacon and George Armstrong Custer used to be interrupted in 1864 via his name to responsibility with the military of the Potomac. She begged to be allowed to head alongside, hence environment the development of her destiny existence. From that point on, she followed normal Custer on all of his significant assignments, apart from the summer time Indian campaigns - "The purely woman," she acknowledged, "who consistently rode with the regiment."Her tale, instructed by means of herself, is an soaking up experience. in addition, there's a extra bonus - a steady, loving portrait of George Armstrong Custer, husband and guy, via the individual that knew him top, his spouse. Her absolute devotion to him is printed in each line of her account, which results, accurately adequate, with the day on which she bought the inside track of the catastrophe on the Little immense Horn.
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In the summer of 1874, Mrs. Custer bade goodbye to her husband as he headed an expedition into the Black Hills. Contrary to a recent, fictionalized account in a popular western television series, no woman accompanied the Black Hills Expedition. It is true that Colonel Custer had planned to take Mrs. Custer and had even gone so far as to fit up an army ambulance for her use. But at the last moment Indian scouts brought news that the summer might be full of danger, and Custer would not risk taking his wife with him.
After such participation in the celebration, I was almost too tired with the laughter and fun to begin packing. I know that it would surprise a well-regulated mover to see what short work it was for us to prepare for our journeys. We began by having a supply of gunny sacks and hay brought in from the stables. The saddler appeared, and all our old traps that had been taken around with us so many years were once more tied and sewed up. The kitchen utensils were plunged into barrels, generally left uncovered in the hurry; rolls of bedding encased in waterproof cloth or canvas were strapped and roped; and the few pictures and Page 6 books were crowded into chests and boxes.
It had a floor, however, and an upper story divided off by beams; over these Mary and I stretched blankets and shawls and so made two rooms. It did not take long to settle our few things, and when wood and water were brought from a distance we were quite ready for housekeeping, except that we lacked a stove and some supplies. Mary walked into the town to hire or buy a small cooking stove, but she could not induce the merchant to bring it out that night. She was thoughtful enough to take along a basket and brought with her a little marketing.