George Armstrong Custer: A Rare 7th Cavalry Document Signed by
Custer and Brother-in-law James Calhoun.
A June 1874 Fort
Abraham Lincoln document listing the tobacco ration given to
members of the 7th's military band. Large, bold signature of Custer
as commanding officer. It is also signed at the bottom by Calhoun,
who would be one of the prominent casualties at Little Big Horn:
"1st Lieut. James Calhoun 7th Cavalry Commanding Band
document also bears two signatures of Charles A. Varnum, who served
as head of scouts and later quartermaster of the 7th. The document
was prepared by Lt. Algernon E. Smith, who also signs twice. Smith
was another prominent LBH casualty. A longtime associate of Custer,
he was considered part of the "Custer Clan." Custer referred to him
as "Fresh" Smith to differentiate him from "Salty" Smith. Algernon
Smith served as assistant quartermaster on the 1874 Black Hills
expedition. Ironically, he should not have been at Little Big Horn,
but was a last-minute replacement for the commander of Company E,
who had not returned from Fort Leavenworth. Smith's body was found
not with the men of Company E, but in the cluster of close Custer
associates who died with him on Last Stand Hill.
Size is 10.75" x 17.25", giving it considerable presence for
display. Excellent overall condition with original fold lines.
Minor partial separation along one fold line and one small, very
light water stain which detract minimally. A great Custer document
which is greatly enhanced by the additional signatures it bears.
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