A Russian Duke Out West

Alexis-in-America--A-Russian-Grand-Dukes-Tour_1871-1872_by-Lee-A.-FarrowLee A. Farrow’s Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-1872 is a well researched travelogue detailing Grand Duke Alexis Romanov’s whirlwind of feasting at banquets, fancy dress balls and fast-paced buffalo hunts that captured headlines a half dozen years after the Civil War.

Most of the book concentrates on the Russian royal’s stay east of the Mississippi—but for True West readers, his Western trip rubbing elbows with George and Libbie Custer, Philip Sheridan, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Spotted Tail, plus troopers and the band of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry should be the highlight. The only disappointment is the paucity of photographs to accompany the text.

 

—John Langellier, author of Bluecoats: The U.S. Army in the West, 1848-1897


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