Custer’s Ghost Riders in the Sky: A Story Passing Strange

Elizabeth (Libbie) and George Armstrong Custer shared an ardent love that for her never died.

ABOUT A CENTURY AGO, the National Geographic Society founded what the institution called its ‘Clippings Department’. For decades the staff beavered away scouring newspapers and periodicals from national to obscure, ceaselessly scissoring out or Xeroxing articles pertinent to stories then being worked on and, by the time I got there as a young magazine staff writer in the late 1970s, just about every topic you might think of. It had grown…