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    Whiskey Flask, Small Comfort at Little Bighorn. This silver flask, monogrammed with a professionally engraved "W," was carried by 7th Cavalry officer George Daniel Wallace throughout his career, possibly even at West Point: it is grouped in this sale with two of Wallace's textbooks, both signed. (One of them, his geometry textbook, bears the additional note in his hand "June 9th1870 Boning for X examination," possibly to explain the liquid stains - whiskey? - on the cover and flyleaf.) Wallace, a South Carolinian whose folks were stout Unionists, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1872, a roommate and classmate of Charles Varnum. Like Varnum, he was commissioned immediately as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th, and also like Varnum he was raised to 1st Lieutenant on the fateful 25th of June, 1876. As second in command of Company "G", he charged the south end of the Indian village with Reno's battalion. Wallace was promoted to captain in 1885, and his story diverges from Varnum's in another significant and tragic way - he was killed in action on December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee.

    See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, pages 128-129.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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