Americana: Lawless General Custer

What if General George Armstrong Custer had defeated the Sioux at the Little Bighorn? He would have had to make another last stand—against the Northwest Telegraph Co. Just two months before the historic battle, Ma Morse was dunning Custer for an overdue bill that amounted to more than a hundred dollars. "His case is peculiarly aggravating from the fact that he is utterly lawless in all of his transactions with us," complained C.H. Haskins, general superintendent of the company, in a furious letter to General A.H. Terry in St. Paul, Minn. "We hoped that he would do better by and by."

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