The Other Custers: Tom, Boston, Nevin, and Maggie in the Shadow of George Armstrong Custer

The Other Custers: Tom, Boston, Nevin, and Maggie in the Shadow of George Armstrong Custer

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510730359
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 54,171
File size: 21 MB
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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

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction xv

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

Maps 295

Genealogical Appendices 303

Bibliography 307

Index 313

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