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    Custer's notes as he pursued Indians across Kansas in 1867 including news about Lookout Station - the first time Custer saw the results of an Indian massacre...it wouldn't be his last

    GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER HISTORIC AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT - In pencil, unsigned, one page, 8" x 12.5". [Kansas, April 15-25, 1867]. A page from his notes written as he pursued Indians in Major General Winfield S. Hancock's 1867 expedition. In part, "April 15 Left camp on Pawnee Fork 36 miles west by n. of Ft. Larned made 35 miles over Rolling Prairie general] dir[ection] N.W. [April] 16. Left camp 5 am- made 13-m. but finding no water or appearance of the same. Ret 9 mi...camped - started again 7 pm...due north arrived at Smoky Hill Riv 2 am - [April] 17...left camp this morning at 10 am. & reached Downer Station 2 pm - where we heard report of Indian dep[redations] at Lookout Sta. [April] 18. Left camp...dull morning. Rain as the day progressed...rain at night. camped near Ruin of Lookout Sta. [April] 19. Left camp 6 am - weather improved. fine when arrived at Hays." Custer has continued writing the dates from the 20th to the 25th, all beginning "L.O." (probably Look Out), with notes such as "Fine," "made plan of post," "middling," and "Very wet."

    From Custer's My Life on the Plains (1874): "Starting my command back to our camp near General Hancock's headquarters, I galloped on in advance to report the particulars to the General. It was then decided that with eight troops of cavalry I should start in pursuit of the Indians at early dawn on the following morning (April 15). There was no sleep for my command the remainder of the night, the time being fully occupied in preparation for the march, neither the extent nor direction of which was known...In retracing our steps later in the day, in search of water sufficient for camping purposes, we marched over nine miles of our morning route and at two P. M. of April 16 we went into camp...Resting our animals from two until seven P. M., we were again in the saddle and setting out for a night march, our only guid


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