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    Boston Custer: A Rare Longhand Letter to his Famous Brother from the Youngest Custer Killed at Little Big Horn. In many ways, Boston is the "forgotten Custer". While the stories of George and Tom are well-known, many are not even aware that Boston was also a casualty of the famous battle.

    Nine years George's junior, Boston had long wanted to join his dashing brothers in the Army, but health issues had kept him from doing so. As a civilian contractor he served as forage master for the 7th Cavalry's 1874 Black Hills expedition, and he was classified as a forager, packer, and scout on the expedition which led to Little Big Horn. He was assigned to the pack train, safely in the rear, on the day of the battle. But upon hearing from a messenger that Armstrong had called for ammunition for an impending fight, Boston and an associate left the pack train and rode to join his brothers' advancing column. Had he stayed with the pack train, he most likely would have survived.

    Letters written by Boston Custer rarely appear on the market. This one comes with its original envelope addressed to Gen. G.A. Custer at Fort Riley, Kansas. Dated October 21, 1866, the letter, written to "My dear brother and sister" (Libbie), is of a chatty family nature, with a reference to Tom Custer, "We expect Tom home any day." He closes by expressing the wish that he could "make you a visit next summer, but I suppose there is no chance of it..." (Boston suffered from poor health). He was going to school at the time, and says that "I wish Libbie was here to help write my composition." Four pages, signed "Bos.". Excellent condition, 5" x 8".


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