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Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876) My life on the plains, or personal experiences with Indians

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04007.01 Author/Creator: Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Book signed Date: 1874 Pagination: 1 v. : 256 p. : ill. ; 23.4 x 15 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by Sheldon and Company. Signed by General Custer 6 December 1875 in Newark, New Jersey. Describes his experiences during several military campaigns in which he fought against Native Americans.

People: Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Union GeneralMilitary HistoryFrontiers and ExplorationAmerican Indian History

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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