George Custer My Life On The Plains Indian War/native American Indians 1874 Rare For SaleGeorge Custer MY LIFE ON THE PLAINS Indian War/Native American Indians 1874 RARE TRUE FIRST WITH RUSSET CLOTH~ CUSTERS ONLY WRITTEN WORK EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE, FIRST ISSUE OF "MY LIFE ON THE PLAINS" BY GENERAL G. A. CUSTER PUBLISHED IN NEW YORK BY SHELDON AND COMPANY IN 1874. ~LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED~ This rare treatise is arguably the most collectible book on the Indian-War written by one of the most famous American cavalry leaders in history. This is Custer's only written book of his first-hand account of the Indian Wars of 1867-1869 detailing the winter campaign of 1868 in which he led the 7th Calvary against the Cheyenne Indians. This book is a historical document of the perspectives and attitudes of its age and author as well as an account of army life during the expeditions of the Indian Wars filled with historical fact-bending and quite a few stomach-turning descriptions of violence from both the Indians and the cavalry. This is the fascinating book with eye-opening illustrations written by the most mythologized figures in American History.
George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. At the start of the Civil War, Custer was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his class's graduation was accelerated so that they could enter the war. Custer graduated last in his class and served at the First Battle of Bull Run as a staff officer for Major General George B. McClellan in the Army of the Potomac's 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Early in the Gettysburg Campaign, Custer's association with cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton earned him a promotion from first lieutenant to brigadier general of volunteers at the age of 23.
Custer established a reputation as an aggressive cavalry brigade commander willing to take personal risks by leading his Michigan Brigade into battle, such as the mounted charges at Hunterstown and East Cavalry Field at the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1864, with the Cavalry Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, Custer led his "Wolverines" through the Overland Campaign, including the Battle of Trevilian Station. Custer, now commanding the 3rd Division, followed Sheridan to the Shenandoah Valley where they defeated the Confederate army of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early in the Valley Campaigns of 1864. In 1865, Custer played a key role in the Appomattox Campaign, with his division blocking General Robert E. Lee's retreat on its final day.
At the end of the Civil War (April 15, 1865), Custer was promoted to major general of volunteers, but was reduced to his permanent grade of captain in the regular army. In 1866, he was appointed to the regular army rank of lieutenant colonel, leading the 7th U.S. Cavalry and served in the Indian Wars. His distinguished war record, which started with riding dispatches for Winfield Scott, has been overshadowed in history by his role and fate in the Indian Wars. Custer was defeated and killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, against a coalition of Native American tribes composed almost exclusively of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, and led by the Sioux warrior Crazy Horse and the Sioux leaders Gall and Sitting Bull. This confrontation has come to be popularly known in American history as Custer's Last Stand. [librivox.org/wikipedia]
REMARKABLE BOOK REMAINS IN VERY GOOD+ CONDITION. Beautiful hard cover book with its original russet decorative publisher’s cloth complimented with gilt lettering and a design of a buffalo on the front cover. 256p, pages are very clean (fresh, bright white with no foxing, typical light ghosting onpage opposing plates), tight, complete in binding. Hinges to the covers are tight and sound internally and externally. Bindings contains light wear with some minor edge wear and bumping on corners. Spine is slightly sunned and spine ends show some wear. There is a small stamp on first blank page. I could not locate any other markings or writing in this book. This is an extraordinary clean copy [best I have seen].
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