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Tenting on the Plains

Tenting on the Plains by Elizabeth B. Custer
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Elizabeth Bacon was just a young girl when she fell in love with George Custer, one of the most controversial Indian fighters of the late 1800s. The only surviving child of Judge Daniel and Eleanor Page Bacon, Elizabeth was born at Monroe, Michigan, on April 8, 1842. Libbie, as she was called, graduated valedictorian from Young Ladies’ Seminary and Collegiate Institute in Monroe at twenty. Shortly after graduating, barely a woman, she met Captain George Custer to her father’s dismay. Custer’s meteoric rise to brigadier general before Gettysburg and his subsequent recognition as a national hero overcame her father’s objections to their courtship and they were married on February 9, 1864.

From the beginning, Libbie’s beauty and charm helped advance her husband’s military career while winning the admiration of powerful congressmen, senators, and her husband’s superior, General Philip H. Sheridan. Anticipating military action against Mexico after the Civil War, Sheridan ordered Custer, now major general of volunteers, to march a Cavalry division from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Hempstead, Texas.

Accompanying the troops on this march in August 1865, Libbie later wrote of her hardships in this, her second book, Tenting on the Plains, originally published in 1887. She went on to earn literary fame as well as financial independence with her entertaining tales of frontier life as the wife of General George Custer. Her stories of life on the Plains are as colorful today as when they first appeared over a century ago.

Digital Scanning, Inc.; January 2000
716 pages; ISBN 9781582180526
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Title: Tenting on the Plains
Author: Elizabeth B. Custer