Boots and Saddles

Elizabeth Bacon CUSTER (1842 - 1933)

Elizabeth Custer has penned an engaging portrait of 1870’s life on a U.S. cavalry post in the Dakotas, just before her husband and his troops met their tragic deaths in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. “Our life,” she writes, “was often as separate from the rest of the world as if we had been living on an island in the ocean.” Her portrait of her husband, General George Armstrong Custer is laudatory—his intellect, his love of dogs (he kept a hunting pack of 40 at the post); but, Boots and Saddles is more than just a memorial. She observes with keen insight, the varied persons, from Indian scouts, to enlisted men, to officer’s wives, who make up the army “family,” on the post. Her sympathetic story about the regimental laundress and midwife, with its sad ending, should take a place in the army’s history of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” (Summary by Sue Anderson)

Genre(s): War & Military, Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dedication, Preface, Change of Station Sue Anderson
00:16:54
Play 02 A Blizzard Sue Anderson
00:28:40
Play 03 Western Hospitality Sue Anderson
00:12:53
Play 04 Cavalry on the March Sue Anderson
00:25:12
Play 05 Camping Among the Sioux Sue Anderson
00:23:47
Play 06 A Visit to the Village of Two Bears Sue Anderson
00:26:39
Play 07 Adventures During the Last Days of the March Sue Anderson
00:27:16
Play 08 Separation and Reunion Sue Anderson
00:16:49
Play 09 Our New Home at Fort Lincoln Sue Anderson
00:20:35
Play 10 Incidents of Everyday Life Sue Anderson
00:23:25
Play 11 The Burning of Our Quarters; Carrying the Mail Sue Anderson
00:18:40
Play 12 Perplexities and Pleasures of Domestic Life Sue Anderson
00:14:09
Play 13 A "Strong Heart" Dance Sue Anderson
00:14:53
Play 14 Garrison Life Sue Anderson
00:23:30
Play 15 General Custer's Literary Work Sue Anderson
00:10:09
Play 16 Indian Depredations Sue Anderson
00:09:22
Play 17 A Day of Anxiety and Terror Sue Anderson
00:15:59
Play 18 Improvements at the Post, and Gardening Sue Anderson
00:14:19
Play 19 General Custer's Library Sue Anderson
00:14:08
Play 20 The Summer of the Black Hills Expedition Sue Anderson
00:27:17
Play 21 Domestic Trials Sue Anderson
00:18:58
Play 22 Capture and Escape of Rain-in-the-Face Sue Anderson
00:26:04
Play 23 Garrison Amusements Sue Anderson
00:18:10
Play 24 An Indian Council Sue Anderson
00:08:00
Play 25 Breaking Up of the Missouri Sue Anderson
00:23:35
Play 26 Curious Characters and Excursionists Among Us Sue Anderson
00:14:09
Play 27 Religious Services; Leave of Absence Sue Anderson
00:12:31
Play 28 A Winter's Journey Across the Plain Sue Anderson
00:16:35
Play 29 Our Life's Last Chapter Sue Anderson
00:17:21