By Robert M. Utley
George Armstrong Custer. The identify inspires rapid popularity in nearly each American and in humans around the globe. No determine within the historical past of the yank West has extra powerfully moved the human imagination.When initially released in 1988, Cavalier in Buckskin met with severe acclaim. Now Robert M. Utley has revised his best-selling biography of common George Armstrong Custer. In his preface to the revised version, Utley writes approximately his summers (1947-1952) spent as a ancient aide on the Custer Battlefield-as it used to be then known-and credit the paintings of a number of authors whose fresh scholarship has illuminated our knowing of the occasions of Little Bighorn. He has revised or elevated chapters, extra new details on assets, and revised the map of the battlefield.
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To the generals as well as all who read the papers that morning, the story seemed preposterous. For more than a decade George Armstrong Custer had basked in public adulation as a national hero. " With flowing blonde locks and gaudy uniform, he had led a full division of Sheridan's cavalry at age twenty-four and had fought his way from one resounding triumph to another. S. Cavalry, he had kept his name bright with Indian victories and hunting exploits on the western plains. By 1876 the public saw him as the very embodiment of the Indian-fighting army, civilization's advance guard opening the way for hardy pioneers who would subdue the western wilderness and, as divinely enjoined, make it blossom with the fruits of honest toil.
On the very eve of his last campaign, Custer had gained notoriety by charging the presidential administration of Ulysses S. Grant with fraud and corruption on the frontier. With the 1876 presidential-election contest heating up, editorial writers chose sides according to their paper's political affiliation. Democratic journals portrayed the dead hero as the tragic victim of Grant's Indian policy, while Republican papers assailed him as a foolhardy glory hunter. " asked the New York Herald. "The celebrated peace policy of General Grant," it answered, "which feeds, clothes and takes care of their noncombatant force while the men are killing our troopsthat is what killed Custer....
Smitten, Armstrong paid her tenacious courtthough without neglecting other women, notably Fanny Fifield. Libbie responded only tepidly. For one thing, she had chanced to witness his public display on "that awful day'' a year earlier when he had staggered up the street in front of her home. For another thing, Libbie disapproved of Armstrong's wide-ranging feminine attentions. And to settle the matter, Judge Bacon did not condone his only daughter's intimacy with a product of a lower social order, especially one who was also a soldier.
Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier by Robert M. Utley