NEW YORK: Harper & Brothers, 1885. Hardcover. Very Early Issue, with frontis portrait of General George Custer and ouline map of Montana and Dakota. (Howes, 980, p. 146).
Deep blue cloth with lovely gilt and black design to front board, including Sunrise, (Sun's rays ruled in gilt). and gilt Bugle with black musical score. Just a bit of rubbing to extremities. Tight binding. No markings. Extremely bright copy. Near Fine. Item #74568
These are Libby's recollections of life on the front with her family - marching, winter's journey through blizzards, Carrying The Mail, particularities of domestic life, "Indian Depredations", General Custer's Library, The Capture and Escape of the Indian Rain-In-The-Face, Curious Characters and Excursionists, and more. Included are little known details about General Custer's love for pets -- a badger, porcupine, raccoon, prairie-dog, and wild-turkey, and wildcat "had all served their bheir brief time as members of our family"... At one time the general tamed a tiny field mouse, and kept it in a large empty inkstand on his desk. It grew very fond of him, and ran over his head and shoulders, and even through his hair..." The appendices at the rear of the book, numbering 41 pp total, include:
1) "Extracts of Letters Written by General Custer to his wife During the Expedition to The Yellowstone in 1873";
2) "Official Report of the Engagements with The Indians on the 4th and 11th, ultimo";
3) "Letters from The Black Hills, 1874"; (and)
4) "Letters from The Yellowstone, 1876"