An English Westerners' Society Publication


The Life of a Custer Captive

By Peter Harrison

Edited By Gary Leonard



The painting 'Good-bye Sallie Ann' above is by Jerry Thomas who kindly gave permission to use his work on the cover of this publication. It portrays Monahsetah's departure from Fort Hays on 13 June 1869. Libbie Custer said that Tom Custer had given Monahsetah the nickname of Sallie Ann.

Special Limited Edition of 100 Copies to commemorate the 60h Anniversary of the English Westerners' Society which have now all been sold

Monahsetah, or Meotzi, was a young Cheyenne Indian woman captured by the 7th U.S. Cavalry following Custer's attack on Black Kettle's village on the Washita River in November 1868. Controversy has existed for decades over the question of whether Custer procured some sort of sexual relationship with Monahsetah and whether she bore a child by him. The book allows the reader to make up his or her own mind on this issue.

It also fleshes out her long and adventurous life. In addition to her experiences at the Washita, she was wounded during the Sand Creek massacre, helped Custer procure the release from the Cheyennes of two women, was involved in the rescue of two of the German girls, and lived through one of the most tumultuous eras of Cheyenne history. She also was married several times. Her first husband was the son of Cheyenne Chief White Antelope, while later husbands included a retired mountain man, and a former Fort Marion captive who was later a scout for the Army.

English Westerners' Society Special Publication No. 12A

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