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Boots and saddles or, Life in Dakota with General Custer
Publication Information:
Scituate, Mass. : Digital Scanning, 1999.
Physical Description:
ii, 314 p. : ill., map.
General Note:
Originally published: Boots and saddles, or, Life in Dakota with General Custer. New York: Harper & Brothers, [18--].
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"Boots and Saddles" is in reality a bright and sunny sketch of the life of Mrs. Custer's late husband, Gen. George A. Custer, who fell at the battle of the Little Big Horn. Readers will find a first-hand account of her frontier life as a wife of a cavalry officer on the plains.

Table of Contents

Chapter I. Change of Stationp. 9
Chapter II. A Blizzardp. 17
Chapter III. Western Hospitalityp. 30
Chapter IV. Cavalry on the Marchp. 37
Chapter V. Camping Among the Siouxp. 49
Chapter VI. A Visit to the Village of "Two B ears"p. 60
Chapter VII. Adventures During the Last Days of the Marchp. 73
Chapter VIII. Separation and Reunionp. 86
Chapter IX. Our New Home at Fort Lincolnp. 94
Chapter X. Incidents of Every-day Lifep. 104
Chapter XI. The Burning of our Quarters. -- Carrying the Mailp. 115
Chapter XII. Perplexities and Pleasures of Domestic Lifep. 124
Chapter XIII. A "Strong Heart" Dance!p. 131
Chapter XIV. Garrison Lifep. 138
Chapter XV. General Custer's Literary Workp. 140
Chapter XVI. Indian Depredationsp. 154
Chapter XVII. A Day of Anxiety and Terrorp. 159
Chapter XVIII. Improvements at the Post, and Gardeningp. 167
Chapter XIX. General Custer's Libraryp. 174
Chapter XX. The Summer of the Black Hills Expeditionp. 181
Chapter XXI. Domestic Trialsp. 194
Chapter XXII. Capture and Escape of Rain-in-the-facep. 203
Chapter XXIII. Garrison Amusementsp. 216
Chapter XXIV. An Indian Councilp. 225
Chapter XXV. Breaking Up Of The Missourip. 229
Chapter XXVI. Curious Characters and Excursionists Among Usp. 240
Chapter XXVII. Religious Services. -- Leave of Absencep. 247
Chapter XXVIII. A Winter's Journey Across the Plainsp. 253
Chapter XXIX. Our Life's Last Chapterp. 261
Appendix With Extracts of General Custer's Lettersp. 271