Like most legends this one is purely fictional. The core character,General William Ludlow
, never settled in Montana on a ranch near Choteau, had three Bonanzaesque sons who fought in WWI , a wife in Boston and a globetrotting wayward son Tristan played by a younger Brad Pitt so ably. Jim Harrison sure fooled me. I never thought to look until finishing the 1979 novella last night.
Like the great novelist he is, he made it up.
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