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    George Armstrong Custer Card Signed "G A Custer/Maj Genl," 3.5" x 1.75". Light ink spreading at some letters. The date "May 23d" has been penned contemporarily in the lower right corner in another hand. The Civil War "Boy General" who was commissioned Brigadier General of Volunteers at age 23, became field commander of the 7th Cavalry after the war, leading his troops in a number of engagements during the Indian Wars. Major General Custer, together with all of the men under his immediate command, was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876; he was 36-years-old. On May 23, 1865, Custer had led his cavalry division up Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue in the Grand Review of an estimated 100,000 Civil War veterans. The New York Times reported on May 24th that "Now and then, as some gallant officer made a conspicuous part in the procession, the applause became vociferous, and wreaths of laurel and showers of flowers were lavished upon him." An observer noted 25-year-old Custer's "long yellow hair whipping in the wind not once, but twice." It was one of the greatest moments of his life. That same day, Custer posed for Mathew Brady in his 352 Pennsylvania Avenue studio for the famous "arms folded" three-quarter length profile photograph and, probably, signed this card for an admirer. Fine condition.

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