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    Brvt. Major General George Armstrong Custer Autograph Note Signed "G. A. Custer". One page, 3" x 5", Headquarters Nov. 26, [1868]. Custer requests an application be granted the day prior to his attack on Black Kettle's Village. in full: "Headquarters, 3rd Div. Cav. M.M.D. Nov.26, This case being an urgent one, I earnestly recommend that this application be granted. G.A. Custer Bvt. Maj, General Com. 3 Div. & A C of Cav". Custer 's 7th was constantly short of officers, and repeated request's that positions be filled were denied. The present note could be presumed that this was a recommendation that the application for an officer be approved. On the 27th of November, the 7th Cavalry attacked and destroyed Black Kettle's village on the Washita River. Major Joel Elliott, who disobeyed orders to pursue Indians away from the village, was detached from the main body of troops. As approaching Indians from other villages threaten the command, Elliott and his men were cut off. Captain Benteen cautioned Custer that they would be slaughtered, however his concern was disregarded. Two weeks later, General Sheridan and Custer revisited the site and found the bodies of Elliott and his company.

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