Tenting on the Plains
Or, General Custer in Kansas and Texas
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
From the time of her husband’s death at the Battle of the Little Big Horn until her own death fifty-seven years later, at the age of ninety, Mrs. George Armstrong Custer devoted herself to defending or embellishing her husband’s reputation.
This account, the second in Elizabeth’s trilogy of her life with the General, focuses on the period immediately following the Civil War, when the Custers were stationed in Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas. She portrays the aftermath of the Civil War in Texas and life in Kansas while her husband took part in General Winfield Hancock’s 1867 expedition against the Indians between the Arkansas and Platte rivers. Throughout, she provides detailed descriptions of an army officer’s home life on the frontier during this major period of Indian unrest.
This edition, an abridgment of the original 1887 edition, with an Introduction by Jane R. Stewart and a Foreword by Shirley A. Leckie, brings together in a single volume one of the most significant documents of the Old West, here made accessible to a new generation of readers.
“[The book] contains accounts of the problems of establishing a home on the frontier posts, the relationship between Custer and his father and brother, the danger encountered in traveling on the Great Plains, and the anxiety of an Indian campaign.... Its illustrations and examples offer insight into the life and hardships faced by military families in the West.”—Great Plains Journal