General Custer, Libbie Custer and Their Dogs

A Passion for Hounds, from the Civil War to Little Bighorn

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About the Book

The little known history of General George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie Custer, as wholehearted dog lovers. At the time of his death at Little Bighorn, they owned a rollicking pack of forty hunting dogs, including Scottish Deerhounds, Russian Wolfhounds, Greyhounds and Foxhounds. Told from a dog owner’s perspective, this biography covers their first dogs during the Civil War and in Texas; hunting on the Kansas and Dakota frontiers; entertaining tourist buffalo hunters, including a Russian Archduke, English aristocrats and P. T. Barnum (all whom presented the general with hounds); Custer’s attack on the Washita village (when he was accused of strangling his own dogs); and the 7th Cavalry’s march to Little Bighorn with an analysis of rumors about a Last Stand dog. Custers’ pack was re-homed after his death in the first national dog rescue effort. An appendix discusses depictions of the Custers’ dogs in art, literature and film.

About the Author(s)

Brian Patrick Duggan is the author of numerous articles on canine history which have been published in AKC Family Dog, AKC Gazette, Sighthound Review, Show Sight, The Private Journey, and Greasy Grass: The Journal of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association. He is a retired university technology educator, an active American Kennel Club judge, and the editor for McFarland’s Dogs in Our World series.

Bibliographic Details

Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6954-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3487-6
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World