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    George Armstrong Custer: Signed 1870 Muster and Pay Roll Document. 31" x 21" two-sided printed form with many hand-written entries, titled: "Muster Roll of Capt. and Bvt. Col. Albert Barnitz, Company G of the 7th Regiment of Cavalry, Army of the United States, Colonel and Bvt. Major Genl. S D. Sturgis, from the 30th day of April 1870 to the 30th day of June 1870". The right side contains a pay roll of the company. It is signed on the other side by the commander, Charles De Rudio and by "G. A. Custer, Lieut. Col. 7th Cav. Bvt. Maj. Gen. U.S.A." as "Inspector and Mustering Officer". Custer has given the company a grade of "Good" for all six categories. The document has a wealth of information on the members of the company, It lists them individually, date and location of enlistment, drills and maneuvers, date wages paid, remarks ("Relieved of duty", "Present in confinement", "apprentice wagoneer", "deserted at Camp Solomon River Kansas", etc.) S. D. Sturgis was the official commander of the 7th cavalry, but missed Little Big Horn as he was away recruiting. Custer assumed command in his absence. Sturgis's son, a recent West Point graduate, died at the battle. Charles De Rudio, a colorful mercenary from Europe, served with Marcus Reno. He managed to survive the battle, hiding under the brush while en route to the battle scene, when encountering a large band of Indians. Normal folds and areas of light staining and loss, as shown. Some old tape repairs. The Custer signature is unusually large and bold. The signatures of De Rudio and Custer are both affected to some degree by a vertical fold. Among the many names on the muster roll, the following individuals perished at Little Big Horn: Sergeant Edward Botzer, Corporal John W. Patton, Farrier Benjamin Wells and Private John Rapp, who on this document is listed as "Deserted at Camp on Solomon River Kansas June 10, 70."

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    November, 2014
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