Custer: From Civil War's Boy General to the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Philadelphia: Casemate, 2020. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. This is the first Custer biography to focus on the lesser-known parts of his early life in great detail. The approach uses all of Custer’s known writings: letters; magazine articles; his book, My Life on the Plains; and his unfinished memoirs of the Civil War; along with materials and books by his wife, Elizabeth Custer; and reflections of others who knew him well. The five chapters are Early Life (growing up and as a West Point cadet), The Civil War, The Indian Fighter, The Little Bighorn, and Conclusion. The theme of the book is not so much new historical information but the depth of his character development and lesser-known influences of his life. The book also includes illustrations (primarily from Harper’s Weekly) and photos, such as Matthew Brady’s Civil War collection. Item #27759