By Elizabeth Bacon Custer
The honeymoon of Elizabeth Bacon and George Armstrong Custer was once interrupted in 1864 by way of his name to accountability with the military of the Potomac. She begged to be allowed to move alongside, therefore environment the development of her destiny existence. From that point on, she observed common Custer on all of his significant assignments, other than the summer time Indian campaigns - "The merely woman," she acknowledged, "who consistently rode with the regiment."Her tale, instructed through herself, is an soaking up experience. furthermore, there's a extra bonus - a gradual, loving portrait of George Armstrong Custer, husband and guy, by way of the person that knew him top, his spouse. Her absolute devotion to him is published in each line of her account, which ends up, correctly sufficient, with the day on which she acquired the inside track of the catastrophe on the Little mammoth Horn.
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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. The Black Hills Expedition, of which Custer was given command apparently at his own request, was organized to explore and obtain accurate information for the government concerning the trails of hostile Indians which led through the hills to the Missouri River agencies. Comprising an area of some six thousand square miles, this region had been named ''The Black Hills" because of the very dark appearance of the hills at a distance.
Yet the book of army regulations made no provision for the officers' wives. Indignantly Mrs. Custer declares: . . it enters into such minute detail in its instructions, even giving the number of hours that bean-soup should boil, that it would be natural to suppose that a paragraph or two might be wasted on an officer's wife! The servants and the company laundresses are mentioned as being entitled to quarters and rations and the services of the surgeon. If an officer's wife falls ill she cannot claim the attention of the doctor, though it is almost unnecessary to say that she has it through his most urgent courtesy.
The result was that I found myself in a few hours on the extreme wing of the Army of the Potomac, in an isolated Virginia farmhouse, finishing my honeymoon alone. I had so besought him to allow me to come that I did not dare own to myself the desolution and fright I felt. In the preparation for the hurried raid which my husband had been Page 4 ordered to make he had sent to cavalry headquarters to provide for my safety, and troops were in reality near, although I could not see them. The general's old colored servant, Eliza, comforted me, and the Southern family in the house took pity upon my anxiety.