Touched by Fire The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer

ISBN-10: 0803262663
ISBN-13: 9780803262669
Edition: 2006
Authors: Louise Barnett
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

For more than a century, Americans have been captivated by the legend of General George Armstrong Custer. But the various truths of Custer's life and last stand prove elusive. Why are we so taken with the myth and the so-called mystery behind the man? In a field teeming with highly partisan and wildly speculative treatments of Custer, Louise Barnett enters with a volume widely acclaimed by both military and cultural historians as the most balanced account of his life and legend. Custer's life spans two great eras of American history, and Barnett's commanding work pushes beyond the existing literature to a comprehensive view of this controversial figure. Louise Barnett is a professor of English and American studies at Rutgers University and the author of a number of books, including The Ignoble Savage: American Literary Racism, 1790-1890, and Ungentlemanly Acts: The Army's Notorious Incest Trial.

Louise Barnett, professor of English at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, is the author of Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer.

Introduction
Glory
Early Days
Libbie Bacon, Libbie Bacon
"The Honorable and Glorious Profession of Arms"
Libbie's War
Knight sans Peur et sans Reproche
Transition
Postwar Doldrums
Joining the Frontier Army
Frontier Army Wives
The Plains Indians
Indian Fighting
Nadir
Recovery
Victory on the Washita
Save the Last Bullet for Your Wife
Libbie and Autie, or A Companionable Wife
The Great Buffalo Hunt
Heroes of the Plains
Farther West
1876
Prelude
The Little Bighorn
Survivors
Mystery
Endless Devotion
"I Longed to Die": The Long Widowhood of Elizabeth Custer
Literary Careers
Monuments
Aging
Epilogue: Custer Forever
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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