In her book Boots and Saddles, Elizabeth Custer writers of her husband’s problems with laundresses. She claimed that many of the women were fighters, and the slightest infringement of their rights brought on physical and verbals battles. General Custer had to listen to both sides of the argument and issue a judgment. Occasionally, the battles involved husband and wife. He then gave them marriage counseling. The mental image of General Custer as a marriage counselor is bemusing, but not inaccurate.

Jennifer J. Lawrence, Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses, 1802-1876 (2016)


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