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Where and/or how did George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer meet?
George first saw Elizabeth when he was ten years old. He had been socially introduced to her in November 1862, when home in Monroe on leave.
Why did George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer break up?
Other Relationship Information about George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer:
Elizabeth was not initially impressed with him, and her father, Judge Daniel Bacon, disapproved of Custer as a match because he was the son of a blacksmith. It was not until well after Custer had been promoted to the rank of brevet brigadier general that he gained the approval of Judge Bacon. He married Elizabeth Bacon fourteen months after they formally met.
Following the Battle of Washita River in November 1868, Custer was alleged (by Captain Frederick Benteen, chief of scouts Ben Clark, and Cheyenne oral tradition) to have unofficially 'married' Monaseetah, daughter of the Cheyenne chief Little Rock in the winter or early spring of 1868 to 1869. (Little Rock was killed in the Washita battle.) Monaseetah gave birth to a child in January 1869, two months after the Washita battle. Cheyenne oral history tells that she also bore a second child, fathered by Custer in late 1869. Some historians, however, believe that Custer had become sterile after contracting gonorrhea while at West Point and that the father was in actuality his brother Thomas.