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Nomad: George A. Custer in Turf, Field, and Farm

Custer, George Armstrong

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ISBN 10: 0292755198 / ISBN 13: 9780292755192
Published by University of Texas Press, 1980
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Nomad: George A. Custer in Turf, Field and Farm. Edited by Brian W. Dippie. Between 1867 and 1875, Custer contributed fifteen letters under the pseudonym Nomad to the New York based sportsman's journal, Turf, Field and Farm. Signed by Dippie. University of Texas Press, 1980. Dust jacket with discoloration along spine and rubbing Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17098104623

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Title: Nomad: George A. Custer in Turf, Field, and ...

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Between 1867 and 1875, George Armstrong Custer contributed fifteen letters under the apt pseudonym Nomad to the New York-based sportsman's journal Turf, Field and Farm. Previously available only in a collector's typescript edition, the Nomad letters offer valuable insight into the character of the Boy General as he gives expression to his abiding love for hunting, horses, and hounds.

Vivid accounts of days in the field after buffalo and deer alternate with letters that attest to Custer's passion for Kentucky thoroughbreds and trotters and his devotion to his favorite hunting dogs. Moreover, the letters show Custer as a student of literature who constandy alluded to works of fiction and drama and who loved to quote poetry as he self-consciously honed his skills as a writer.

The Nomad letters also open the way to controversy since three of the letters written in 1867, as Brian Dippie's careful annotations make clear, offer a strikingly different account of Custer's ill-starred induction into Indian fighting than the accepted version recorded five years later in his memoirs, My Life on the Plains. Composed only a few months after the abortive Hancock Expedition that led to Custer's court-martial and suspension from rank and pay for one year, the Nomad letters are full of a passion and venom absent from My Life on the Plains. They provide an immediate response to the events of 1867 that will interest all students of the Western Indian wars and of Custer's fascinating career.

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Brian W. Dippie is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

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