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gentlemanrob

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Elizabeth Clift “Libby” Bacon Custer
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Born: April 8, 1842

Birthplace: Monroe, Michigan

Father: Judge Daniel Stanton Bacon 1798 – 1866
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan)​

Mother: Eleanor Sophia Page 1814 – 1854
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan)​

Husband: George Armstrong Custer 1839 – 1876
(Buried: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York)​
Marriage: February 9, 1864 in Monroe, Michigan

Children: None

Early Life:

Only one of her and her siblings to live to be an adult​
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1862: met George Armstrong Custer officially and fell in love​
1862: Graduated from a girl’s seminary​
1864: Married George Armstrong Custer who she called Autie​

Midlife:

Followed her husband to every assignment he was posted​
Followed her husband into Western Territory​
1876: Her husband George A. Custer killed at Little Big Horn​

Life after Little Big Horn:

Launched a one-woman campaign to rehabilitate her husband’s image​
Writer of Articles and Speaker about her husband​
1885: Author of Boots and Saddles
1887: Author of Tenting on the Plains
1890: Author of Following the Guidon
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Never visited the Valley of the Little Big Horn​
1910: Attended the unveiling of Custer Statue in Monroe, Michigan​

Died: April 4, 1933

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Age at time of Death: 90 years old

Burial Place: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York





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An elderly Elizabeth, seen looking at President Taft in black hat
and dress from the far left of the frame, attends the unveiling
of the Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan, in 1910.
 
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She was to busy to have children. She fell in love with Custer and followed him wherever he went. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.
 
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