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In His Brother's Shadow The Life of Thomas Ward Custer

Bird, Roy

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ISBN 10: 1563118181 / ISBN 13: 9781563118180
Published by Turner Publishing Company, Paducah Kentucky, 2002
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200 pages, photos, Collectors Edition, #194 of 500 copies, SIGNED by the author. Long needed book on a 2 time Medal of Honor winner. Feud with Rain-In-The-Face, shooting scrape with Wild Bill Hickok in Hays City, and his role as "second fiddle," to his brother George Armstrong Custer. Bookseller Inventory # 014387

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Title: In His Brother's Shadow The Life of Thomas ...

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company, Paducah Kentucky

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition

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Years of painstaking research have uncovered more detail on Thomas Ward Custer, the younger brother of the legendary General George Custer. Historians are now coming to understand the full influence of Tom Custer on his brother and American life, from his heroic exploits during the Civil War to his legendary bravery during the Indian Wars, where he served under his brother as his aide-de-camp. Had Tom not been overshadowed by his more famous brother, he might well have become one of the more notable characters and military officers of the American West. Despite winning two Congressional Medals of Honor, his legendary feud with Rain-in-the-Face, the shooting scrape with “Wild Bill” Hickok, and many other fearsome exploits, Tom has taken a backseat to George in the American imagination. Only recently has his influence on the history of the United States become fully understood and appreciated by scholars.
Author Roy Bird takes us inside the circle of Tom and Autie, whose close-knit relationship and intense rivalry in hunting, military skills, business, and even romance would span from their boyhood farm in Ohio to their heroic end at the Battle of Little Bighorn, where they were, as always, together. Bird’s The Better Brother is not only
the story of two brothers whose incredible talents and healthy rivalry drove each other to greatness, but also a story at the center of American history.

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Historian, fiction writer, professor, and longtime Custer researcher Roy Bird was born in Herington, Kansas. A graduate of Kansas State University and Emporia State University, he has written or edited more than a dozen books and over two hundred articles and short stories about Kansas and the American West. Roy is on the adjunct faculty at Washburn University. He and his family live on a farm near Auburn, Kansas.

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