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This 2nd & final volume of D. A. Kinsley's fast-paced, colorful biography of George Armstrong Custer begins with the grand parade in Washington, D.C. celebration the end of the Civil War. War hero Custer "pranced up Pennsylvania Avenue on Don Juan, a magnificent, high-spirited, thoroughbred bay," dressed in the gold spurs Santa Anna wore at the siege of the Alamo and a star-emblazoned black turn-up, and stole the show when his horse bolted and he magnificently regained control. The book then follows Custer through his support of "King Andy" Johnson's ill-fated reconstruction policy and the political machinations and confusion that brought on the Indian wars and put "Old Curly": at the head of the 7th Cavalry, the "Fightin' Seventh", the most glorious and notorious outfit in the U.S. Army. Custer soon discovered that the frontier, for all its toughness, was not what it seemed. The Indian Department sold arms to the Indians, profiteers, with official approval, made money hand over fist at the expense of the Army. Ambivalence and guilt constantly invaded attitudes, official and unofficial, toward the Indians, but Indian atrocities were there to point a finger at. Conditions on the frontier were so severe that soldiers deserted under the slightest pretext, and many of the generals were drunk most of the time. But Custer loved the frontier, he loved his regiment and in his way he loved the Indian, and as D. A. Kinsley shows, it is no small irony that he died a martyr's death at the hands of those he probably loved and admired most. Just as he did in Volume 1, the author sympathetically captures the whole of Custer's towering personality - his flamboyant romanticism, his tempestuous military career, his tender love for his wife Libby, his explosive temperament & terrible self-indulgence. Like him or not, readers in this anti-heroic age will delight in following his headlong pursuit of glory and feel all the pathos of his vainglorious end at the Little Big Horn.
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Book Description Promontory Press, 1968. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0883940302