BRIDE OF GLORY by Margaret Leighton

BRIDE OF GLORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Elizabeth Custer, wife of the controversial general, has become a celebrity in her own right through her books and the years spent vindicating her husband's name. In this biography, the portrait of Libbie is painted in the fragile, pastel colors of her youth but deepened in richer tones as life beings to touch her -- in the scorched hills of Texas, on the vast Dakota Plains, in a score of frontier army posts. The years of Civil War earned the ""Boy General"" status as a national hero. Later his reputation was tarnished by courtmartial and numerous charges of cruelty. But to Libby, ""Autie"" was infallible. This belief in his blameless purity enabled her to withstand criticism, controversy, even disgrace. After the infamous slaughter of the 7th Cavalry, Libbie takes a vow to regain for her husband the admiration and reverence due a true hero, and succeeds admirably in her mission. Miss Leighton writes with naive simplicity of Libbie's sheltered youth, her story-book courtship, her prim and proper ways. It's all very sweet, but lightweight and overly sentimental. Small attempt is made to bridge the gap between this character and the hardy woman who knew enough about reality to fight until the end for her husband's reputation.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy