Not one, not two, but three Custer brothers died at the Little Bighorn—and so did their only sister's husband.
Most do not realize that not one, not two, but three Custer brothers died with the 7th Cavalry at the hands of the Sioux and Cheyenne at Little Bighorn in 1876. So too did their nephew and the husband of their only sister. Less than half the immediate Custer family would survive the massacre. This is their story.
This book is a must for all those interested in the enduring Custer legend. Where other Custer literature focuses solely on George Armstrong, The Other Custers is the only volume to explore the lives of the Custer siblings in depth. War hero Tom Custer earned two Medals of Honor during the Civil War before riding into the West with his brother. There was the bashful and enigmatic Nevin Custer, and the young Boston Custer, whose one desire in life was to share the adventures of his idolized older brothers. Margaret Custer married into the 7th Cavalry and was widowed at twenty-four when her husband, James Calhoun, was among the dead at the Little Bighorn.
The Other Custers traces the upbringing of the family and follows Nevin and Margaret as they carried the Custer name beyond Little Bighorn. The book also uncovers much more detail about the ancestors and descendants of the Custer siblings than is to be found in other Custer biographies.
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About the Author
Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen books on historical topics, as well as several novels. He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in several documentaries which have aired on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and the Smithsonian Channel. The Wall Street Journal says he "writes with a cinematic vividness," and his biography Sitting Bull was named #14 in Amazon's Top 100 Books of the Year. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Family Roots 1
Chapter 2 Growing Up in the Dining Fork 9
Chapter 3 Moving On 21
Chapter 4 Going to War 33
Chapter 5 Tom Custer's Long Years Road to Stone Bridge 45
Chapter 6 Monroe 55
Chapter 7 Hometown Heroes 63
Chapter 8 Brothers in Arms 77
Chapter 9 Namozine, Appomattox, and Renown 85
Chapter 10 The General, the Old Lady, and the Scamp Go West 97
Chapter 11 Adjusting to the Regular US Army 105
Chapter 12 The Bloody Road to Washita 115
Chapter 13 The Sons of the Morning Star on the Plains 129
Chapter 14 A Scattered Family 143
Chapter 15 Life as Wasichu Outside the States 155
Chapter 16 Wasichu on the Yellowstone 163
Chapter 17 The Custer Clan in the West 173
Chapter 18 The Custer Clan and the Black Hills Expedition 181
Chapter 19 The Winter of Rain-in-the-Face 191
Chapter 20 The Winter of Distraction 201
Chapter 21 Lively Work Before Us 211
Chapter 22 Marching to Meet the Enemy 221
Chapter 23 Last Stands 235
Chapter 24 Aftermath 249
Chapter 25 And Their Lives Went On 263
Chapter 26 A New Century 273
Chapter 27 Descendants 283
About the Author 293
Genealogical Appendices 303