Past and Present on the North­ern Plains of North Dakota

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Pri­vate Aaron meets us out­side the com­mis­sary at Fort Abra­ham Lin­coln. He tells how he is one of 450 sol­diers of the Sev­enth Cavalry sent here by congress to safe­guard the North Pa­cific Rail­way. It’s suf­fered at­tacks from Lakota, Cheyenne and Ara­paho war­riors fight­ing to re­tain not only their land, but also buf­falo - their main source of food and cloth­ing.

The first com­man­der is Lieu­tenant Colonel George Custer and we’re told the year is 1875, nine months be­fore his death at Lit­tle Bighorn. He lives here with his ded­i­cated wife El­iz­a­beth (Lib­bie) and a house­hold of ser­vants in an el­e­gant, two-storey Vic­to­rian home that lies on the green acres ahead.

The fort is a ten minute drive from the nearby town of Man­dan and linked by the Mis­souri River to Bis­marck, North Dakota’s state cap­i­tal. In the north­ern plains North Dakota is one of the least pop­u­lated states in Amer­ica, renowned for its friendly folk har­vest­ing un­der a mam­moth, blue sum­mer sky and its harsh, hi­ber­nat­ing mi­nus 30 de­gree win­ters.

Aaron ad­dresses us like we are ex­pected guests of the Custers stay­ing for the cus­tom­ary four-month pe­riod. We’ll spend our days hunt­ing and read­ing, en­ter­tained by mu­sic, card games, snooker and the­atre. Aaron never gives up the the­atrics on our liv­ing his­tory walk­ing tour, as he shows us around the homestead built in fine tim­ber of but­ter­nut, maple and wal­nut.


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