Book Launch for "Please, General Custer, I Don't Want to Go"
Russell W. Estlack is descended from Alfred Estlack, a great storyteller and frontier scout who warned General Custer not to fight the Battle at the Little Bighorn and lived to the ripe old age of one hundred. Having authored numerous articles about the American Southwest in both national and regional publications, Russell Estlack here presents a book full of entertaining stories and quirky characters that shaped the myths and legends of the American West.
These stories go beyond iconic villains and heroes to tell of strong women, bumbling highwaymen, sophisticated conmen, and even a teleporting Spanish nun and a bona fide rainmaker. Such individuals as:
- Loreta Velázquez, a beautiful woman raised with all the privileges of high society, who fooled even her husband when she disguised herself as a man to fight alongside other soldiers on Civil War battlefields
- Joshua Norton, a bankrupt San Francisco businessman who declared himself the first emperor of the United States and enjoyed the privileges of his self-proclaimed royalty, including a funeral fit for a king
- Dilchthe, an Apache grandmother who escaped a slave camp in California's Baja Peninsula and led a group of women on a treacherous one-thousand-mile journey to be reunited with her tribe in Arizona
A native of New Jersey, Russell Estlack now lives with his wife in the red mountains outside of St. George, Utah. He served in the United States Air Force during the Cold War and graduated from New Mexico State University with a BS in management. Later, as a civilian field engineer, he was a member of the Apollo team and actively involved in the space shuttle program.