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    Sitting Bull Signed Card, circa 1884. The great Lakota medicine man placed his illustrious signature upon this card, which shows some light foxing and toning, but is in fine condition otherwise.

    The signature comes with impeccable provenance. Sarah (or Sally) Edwards Walling, herself a young girl at the time of the signing, has given an account of the event, in full: "Previous to or about 1890 a party of Indian Chiefs, Sitting Bull, Grey Eagle, Spotted Tail, Rain in the Face, and Crazy Horse with their interpreters went to Washington to see the Great Father, President Benjamin Harrison to right some wrongs in some business matters. During their stay in New York the Government boarded them at the 5th Avenue Hotel. There were a few Squaws in the party. All were on exhibition at the Eden Musee on 23rd St. N.Y. My father Capt Mills Edwards, mother and I went to see them. Sitting Bull was sitting at a table writing his autograph selling them at $2.00 each. My father bought this one, which I saw him write. I remember it perfectly. Sarah Edwards Walling." While the event Ms. Edwards Walling describes is accurate in most regards, her recollection of the time is a bit off. It was not 1890, but rather 1884 that Sitting Bull visited the East Coast, though two of the "Indian Chiefs" that she places with him, Crazy Horse and Spotted Tail, had been dead for several years. Also, it was not President Harrison with which he met, but President Chester A. Arthur. A second signed card also attests to the authenticity of the signature: "The above signature is an original actually made by the great Sioux medicine man himself in the presence of the undersigned who was at the time a young and interested child." Here Ms. Edwards Walling signs as "Sally."

    With an 8" x 10" photograph of the famous leader. Following the victory at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull (circa 1830-1890) led his people over the border into Canada. Starving, they returned to the U.S. in 1881 and surrendered to the government where they were placed on the Standing Rock Reservation. He toured briefly with Buffalo Bill's Wild West (for four months) before returning home. In December 1890, fearful that Sitting Bull was going to jump the reservation and join the Ghost Dancers, Indian Agent Jim McLaughlin ordered his arrest. Gunfire erupted and Sitting Bull, who was apparently unarmed, was hit in the chest and in the head. He died six hours later.


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