The Confederate Army 1861-65: Louisiana & Texas by Ron Field

By Ron Field

The typical picture of the accomplice military throughout the Civil struggle is ruled by means of a constrained variety of early photogaphs of workplaces and males donning the grey and butternut linked to the CS rules and quartermaster concerns. This series of books examines a much broader box: the unique uniforms of the nation armed forces and volunteer businesses introduced jointly to shape the accomplice box armies, and the ongoing efforts to dress troops as wear-and-tear steadily decreased the initially wide variety ofuniforms. A mass of data from modern files is illustraed with infrequent images and meticulous colour reconstructions.

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Several factors caused the crisis at Alexandriafor one thing, the volunteers who had joined the army to fight the Civil War felt that they should be discharged and sent home since the conflict was over. In addition, Custer was something of a martinet, having little patience with green troops, and some of his disciplinary measures seem to have been unduly harsh. Eventually, if not inevitably, the problem came to a climax, with an episode involving the Third Michigan. It started with a rather trivial incident which went too far and led to the court-martial of a sergeant who was one of the ringleaders.

Apparently most of the $4,750 received from a policy with the New York Life Insurance Company and over $1,000 from a widows' relief fund, organized by the Army and Navy Journal in co-operation with several newspapers, had been used to satisfy her husband's creditors and to take care of her own living expenses. When Russell Alger, who had served in the Civil War under General Custer, was governor of Michigan, Mrs. " She added that he, along with other friends in Michigan, had noted "the successful sale and newspaper recommendation" of her book, but de- Page xii clared that her hope that it would prove a money-maker had been disappointed, for "bookmaking is only a source of profit to the publishers and brings but a few hundred dollars to the author," 1 a sentiment that has been shared by authors before and since.

6 Thus, Elizabeth Custer must be considered one of America's most successful mythmakers. Until her death in 1933, her rendition of General Custer predominated in the public mind. A year later, with the appearance of Frederic Van de Water's Glory-Hunter, the reassessment of her husband began, and today scholars and the general public see Custer as a flawed and contradictory individual. This abridged edition of Tenting on the Plains differs from the first edition in several ways. Elizabeth's opening biographical sketch of her husband has been deleted, as has the Page ix lengthy correspondence between Armstrong and Elizabeth during the Hancock Campaign (originally chapter 1619).

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