June 26, 2017
You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
One of Geary County’s most famous military connections happened when the county was still known as Davis County, in the mid 1800s. General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry live on in history for their untimely end at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, but before that, Custer arrived at Fort Riley as Colonel to the newly formed 7th Cavalry. He brought with him his wife, Libby Custer, who recorded her husband’s life in her books Tenting on the Plains and Following the Guidon. In these books, she recalls not only her husband’s movements, but also her own time in Geary County and her interactions with other famous historic figures. One of those was Wild Bill Hickock, who had acted as a scout for Custer. We have a picture of Will Bill, which was taken in Junction City by A.P. Trott. There are other items in a display, which contains one of Libby Custer’s books and a picture of Wild Bill that would be of interest are located in our Main Street Gallery on the first floor of our Museum.