16 [Custer] Custer, Elizabeth B. [Untitled Defense of Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn]. New York, June 21, 1897. 8vo, selfwrappers, 3 pages.
First edition, Dustin 78 (listed in his bibliography but noted as lacking in his personal collection). This tract is a reply to an article by Col. Robert Hughes in the 1896 Journal of the Military Service Institution, where Hughes accused Custer of disobeying General Terry’s orders at Little Big Horn. Elizabeth writes that no such order was ever recorded,
and reprints the only surviving order from Terry, that of June 22nd, ordering Custer up the Rosebud in pursuit. Very rare.