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    George Armstrong Custer: A Personal Bank Check Bearing his Distinctive Signature. Drawn on Planters National Bank of Louisville, where Custer and the 7th were stationed from 1871-1873, assigned to put an end to illegal distilleries and ferret out violent Ku Klux Klansmen and bushwhackers. It is made out to "Mrs. Clifton," who had an interesting association with Custer and his wife Libbie. When they met, Mrs. Clifton was married to an Army clerk and was working as the post's laundress. But her husband deserted, taking with him the couple's life savings. In 1872, she remarried to Sgt. James Nash, personal servant of Custer's brother Tom. Amazingly, Nash also stole the family savings and deserted from the Army. Late in 1873 she married again, to Sergeant John Noonan of the 7th, who survived Little Big Horn, but died two years later.

    The check itself is in excellent condition, with a minor cancellation tear not affecting Custer's signature. Endorsements on reverse have bled through, including one witnessing Mrs. Clifton's "X" signature.

    The check has been beautifully custom framed and matted with a reproduction cabinet photo of Custer (on an original photographer's mount). 11" x 18" as framed.

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    November, 2014
    8th Saturday
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