George Armstrong Custer Handwritten and Signed Note A small, approximately 3" by 3", note, this item is special by virtue of its form, rather than its content. The note reads in full: "Headqrs. Ft. A. Lincoln D.T. / June 16th, 1875 Respectfully forward through headquarters Dept. of Dakota (signed) G. A. Custer Lieut. Colonel 7th Cav. Bvt. Major General U.S.A." Written exactly one year and ten days before he would meet his fate at Little Bighorn, at the age of just 35 years, Custer indirectly emphasizes one facet of his military career that always annoyed him. His outstanding actions and bravery during the Civil War resulted in his promotion to Brevet Major General of the Army at the almost incredibly young age of 23. Along with other senior officers who had been awarded lofty titles, after the war ended his rank was effectively reduced to Lt. Colonel. As a sign of deference, and in keeping with custom, he was always addressed as "General Custer." However, he never did attain the full rank of general throughout the remainder of his career, something which rankled him greatly. His closing of the note, wherein he spells out his official title, followed by his earlier title, is in demonstration of those feelings. Note also his addition of "7th Cav." This is the most desirable version of Custer's autograph, when the legendary unit is noted in his hand. With strong signature and clear writing, this is an outstanding example. Matted and framed, fine condition. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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