by Katherine Gibson Fougera (who published her mother's memoirs)
I miss Trish and Elizabeth, as I doubt there's much 'guy interest' here, but I enjoyed this so much. Kate Garrett married Frank Gibson in 1874 on the very same day the regiment returned from the Black Hills expedition. She carried a wedding bouquet of yucca blossoms. She later lined the coffin of Benteen's little girl with her wedding dress.
Her descriptions of the daily life of the men and women of the 7th are even better than Libbie's contributions. Kate's sister is Molly McIntosh and she sounds like a force of nature. Tosh had his hands full! Note riding crop.
There are stories about Zoe Godfrey, Mrs. DeRudio, Mrs. Benteen, Annie Yates, the Merrill girls and Elizabeth of course. There's an intimate description of the infamous Mrs. Nash and tales galore of the officers of the 7th.
She writes that before the 1876 campaign she and Frank were excited about plans for him to transfer from Benteen's command to Custer's. They waited impatiently for the paperwork to come through as all their friends were at Lincoln and they were excited about returning. When the transfer finally came, she had a premonition and begged him not to sign it. They fought about it for days and Gibson finally, in disgust, passed the transfer to Hodgeson. I wonder if this is documented? Great story anyway... Lot's of great stories!