Famed Union Civil War commander George Custer was known for his flamboyant behavior, but he was also known for his love of dogs. He had many during the Civil War, such as this one he was photographed within camp.
One of the first documented dogs Custer and his wife, Libbie, owned was named Byron, an English greyhound he acquired while they were stationed in Hempstead, Texas, post-Civil War.
“We had a superb greyhound called Byron, that was devoted to the General, and after a successful chase it was rewarded with many a demonstration of affection,” Libbie wrote about the dog. “The tribute that a woman pays to beauty in any form, I gave to Byron, but I never cared much for him.”
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