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Indian Wars/Custer  ITEMS:  Photographs, Relics & Assorted Memorabilia
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Very rare mourning tribute to the fallen George Custer.  Shown are
several large Albumen photos of Custers hung on the walls with some
of his flags draped over one.  An Indian teepee with Flags addorning
the side is at left.   Interesting ticket booth at right.  7th Cavalry flag at
Center above Photo of Custer.  Photographer is from Boston but I
believe the exhibit was in Chicago or Washington.  Un-published.
$1000
Scarce Cabinet Card of Captain Thomas M McDougal of the 7th US
Cavalry and survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  Son of a Union
General, McDougal was born in Wisconsin.  Served in the Civil War as
a staff officer and commander of Colored Cavalry being wounded in the
Vicksburg campaign.   During the Little Big Horn battle he was in
command of the Pack Train and hooked up with Reno's survivor's and
Benteen on Reno hill.  Photographer imprint of Barry.
$1000
Rare Cabinet Card photograph of Little Big Horn Casualty Lt James C
Calhoun.  Brother in Law to George Custer, Calhoun commanded C
Troop at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where he met his death.  
Imprint of Barry of Wisc.  Some emulsion loss on top of image from
previous mounting.  Little Big Horn images are scarce and prized.
$1100
Rare Scholton of St Louis view of George Custer in Buckskins.  About
250 copies made originally, how many have surved?
$4500
Extremely Rare and Important Autographed CDV of Lt James Calhoun
of the famed 7th US Cavalry.  Brother in Law to General George Custer
from marrying his sister.  Calhoun served as one of Custer's Company
Commanders at the Battle of the Little Big Horn losing his life there
along with Custer and many others.  View is from his service in the
32nd US Infantry.  Backmark by Gentile. Autographed Custer Little Big
Horn images are incredibly scarce, this being the second I have owned,
the other George Yates was sold a few years ago.

James Calhoun (August 24, 1845 – June 25, 1876) was a soldier in the
United States Army during the American Civil War and the Black Hills
War. He was the brother-in-law of George Armstrong Custer and was
killed along with Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Calhoun was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the American Civil War
broke out, he was travelling in Europe. Upon returning to the United
States, he enlisted in the Union Army in 1864. By the end of the war, he
was a Sergeant.

After the war, he was appointed to Second Lieutenant in the infantry.
He met Margaret Custer in 1870, and they fell in love. His soon to be
brother-in-law George Armstrong Custer had him appointed to First
Lieutenant in the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment, assigned to Company C.

Calhoun was known as "The Adonis of the Seventh" due to his
handsome features, but he was never a womanizer as he married
Margaret in 1872. He was part of the so-called "Custer Clan," which
was a clique of close-knit relatives and friends of the former Civil War
general. Calhoun was also the brother-in-law of fellow Clan member
Myles Moylan. He often wrote letters to his brother and to Margaret, or
Maggie as she was called, and writing with disdain of the Indian
barbarianism. He often referred to them as "heathens" and foresaw a
day when civilization would wipe them out.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory during the Black
Hills War, he was acting as temporary commander of L Company,
whose commander was on detached service as aide to General Philip
H. Sheridan, and killed along with most of the company. His remains
were initially buried on the battlefield, but were reinterred in Fort
Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1877.
A marble slab on the Little Bighorn battlefield marks the place where
his body was discovered and initially buried.
$3400
Rare view of George Custer taken by William Frank Browne known as
"Custer's photographer of the Calvary Brigade in Kilpatricks Division"  
Rarely seen view with Browne's backmark and importantly this is the
view previously owned and used by Mark Katz for his book Custer in
Photographs and is known as K26V.   These views are among the
scarcest photos of Custer out there.  According to Katz, this is the only
view of Custer that has Browne's backmark on it.  Taken around Jan 25
1864.
$2750
Incredibly Rare Imperial Print Cabinet Card of George Armstrong
Custer which is published as Unique in the collection of the Custer
National Battlefield museum but of which here is a 2nd Copy according
to Katz's Custer in Photographs.  Previously framed it has the name on
the back of the Card as Mrs Martha Cannon Munising Mi.  Also comes
with a note that this was presented to Mr Joseph Pratt by Custer's
cousin at the end of the Civil War but which is impossible since this is
an 1870's photo in his Indian Wars uniform.  Size is 8 by 10 inch's.  The
mat as seen is glued to the Imperial Card covering any photographer
imprint and shows residue of glue which had it mounted in its original
wooden frame.  This could all be removed with some Conservation.  
Incredibly Rare image once thought to be Unique of the famous
General taken not long before his demise at the Battle of the Little
Bighorn.
Sold
Ultra Rare view of George Custer in his black felt uniform of his own
design and his superior General Alfred Pleasanton as Chief of Cavalry
for the Army of the Potomac.  On Taylor and Huntingdon board with
explanation.
$2500
     
Extremely sharp view of Custer taken near his wedding to Libby in 1863
shown with the famous clock.  One of the best portraits of him around.  
Anthony/Brady bm.
$2000
LS by Phil Sheridan, HQ Military Dept of the Misouri, 10/2/72, four
pages written in Chicago, to John Allen Campbell, Govenor of Wyoming
"in reference to sinking an artisian well on the military reservation of at
Fort A D Russell..it was my intention to contract for its completion with
some of the men who follow boring artesian well's as a business and
who are now engaged in putting down numerous wells in this city, but
as they had no means of knowing the soil..it must be on the basis of
boring solid granite which was absurd and made the contract
impossible.  Failing in this, the only way skilled labor in sinking the well
under the supervision of the Quartermasters dept."  Signed P H
Sheridan. as Lt General USA.  Interesting Indian Wars information on
the troubles getting water at forts.  
$375