Description[George Armstrong Custer Court-martial] Letter Signed "Chauncey McKeever". Four integral pages written on page one and docketed on page four, 7.75" x 10", Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, August 10, 1867, on Headquarters Department of Missouri stationery. The letter, addressed to Brevet Major General B. H. Grierson, reads, "The Major General Commanding directs me to transmit to you the enclosed charges, which you will please cause your Adjutant to deliver in person to Bvt. Major General G. A. Custer, 7th Cavalry." Sold with two contemporary engravings of Custer. Some uneven toning to the letter, else, near fine.
The letter was sent on orders of Major General Winfield Hancock who charged Custer with being absent without leave from his command. Custer did pay an unauthorized visit to his wife, but the root cause of Hancock's displeasure was the harsh punitive measures employed by Custer against deserters. Custer was convicted of going AWOL and suspended for duty for one year. He returned to duty in 1868, before his term of suspension had expired, at the request of General Philip Sheridan, who wanted Custer for his planned winter campaign against the Cheyenne.
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