Post by Diane Merkel on Jun 14, 2006 8:51:12 GMT -5
The Great Falls (Montana) Genealogy Society is to be commended for their Early Settlers of Great Falls project. Below is the final paragraph of the story about the project.
MARIA ADAMS DUTRUEILLE was a free black woman born May 15, 1852, in Lexington, Ky. Maria's sister, Mary, began working in the household of Gen. George A. Custer and his wife in Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory in 1873. Two years later Maria joined Mary in the household of Mrs. Elizabeth Custer. In June 1876, Mary accompanied Gen. Custer on his ill-fated expedition. Testimony later given by Maria to the Army became important in reconstructing the last meeting between Gen. Alfred Terry and Gen. Custer.
Maria Adams' case was interesting, because General Miles eventually took over his attackers.
It proved that Miles was a real researcher of the battle. General Miles, commander in chief of the army, condemned the Reno Court of Inquiry and accused Benteen and Reno of betrayal during action. He was right.
Right. Two sisters, same name in two different languages.
Then, Mary sets off with Custer. But it's Maria who gives testimony - "important" testimony - in reconstructing the last meeting for which she was not present.
Which one did Burkman knock up? Or was there a third? Named Mariah?
The Bravest Laundress the Sioux Never Faced?
This is important to rectify the notion that her X is the thumbprint of God to a testimony a woman who couldn't write is unlikely to have heard or recall word for word. Miles, who later tried to forge Edgerley's testimony, it seems, was thought behind this as well.
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2006 13:04:02 GMT -5 by Dark Cloud
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