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    Boston Custer: The "Forgotten" Custer Who Also Died at Little Big Horn Writes to Brother George. Although less celebrated than brothers George and Tom, Boston Custer also perished at the famous battle. While instructed to remain with the pack train, he rode ahead upon hearing that a major battle was ensuing, and met his fate.

    He writes to George from the family's Monroe, Michigan, home in January 1868, while Custer was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. The content of the three-page letter is quite personal: "Autie [the family's nickname for George], I am going to tell you something which you will be surprised to hear, but...I am going to try to live a Christian life. God being my helper, and you don't know how much better I feel, and if I have done anything to hurt your feelings or wronged you in any way, I ask your pardon for all and will try to do better. We would all like to see you..." Much of the letter is devoted to Boston's education, and he asks his brother's advice on going to "Naval School". Signed "I remain your brother Bos".

    Excellent condition, with original envelope addressed to "Gen. G.A. Custer". Custer had been reduced to the rank of lieutenant colonel following the war, but it seems his family shared his preference to refer to himself as "General". An important letter in excellent condition.

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    June, 2014
    14th Saturday
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