August 8, 2014
Elizabeth Bacon Custer Enjoys the Limelight
Even After Her Famous Husband Dies
She and General Custer were a team. She followed him from skirmish to skirmish during the Civil War. She camped with the men and departed for safer territory only when a major battle was anticipated.
She and Custer were devoted, but not without an occasional battle of their own.
In real life, Libbie Custer became an entrepreneur. She wrote about her travels with the army. Following her husband’s death, she went on the worldwide lecture circle to defend the family honor and preserve her husband’s side of the story. She was nowhere near the battle. She was waiting for return of the soldiers with the other wives at Fort Abraham Lincoln. But history belongs to the people who take the time to write it and Libbie had more than 50 years to tell the saga of the Battle of the Little Big Horn as she hoped it happened.
She had a front row seat for much of the tumultuous history of Industrial Age.
She was successful and spent much of her time in Manhattan. She truly loved the city.
Still Standing focuses on what Libbie Custer could have done with her fame. What she actually did was tell her husband’s story to her dying day.