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    George Armstrong Custer Signed Endorsement. Signed "G. A. Custer" as lieutenant colonel of the Seventh Cavalry. One page, 3.25" x 3.5" (sight size), Fort Abraham Lincoln [Dakota Territory], June 16, 1875. The 7th Cavalry was created shortly after the end of the Civil War and Custer was assigned as acting commander, a post he held until his death at the Battle of Little Big Horn in June 1876. The 7th had occupied Ft. Abraham Lincoln since 1873 and it was here, two years later (and nearly one year to the day before Custer met his end), that he signed this endorsement, which reads: "Respectfully forwarded through Headquarters Dept. of Dakota." Fine. Matted with a print of an iconic photograph of Custer and framed to an overall size of 6.5" x 12".

    Beneath the lieutenant colonel rank at the close is written "Bvt. Major Genl U.S.A." This was one facet of Custer's military career that always annoyed him. His outstanding actions and bravery during the Civil War resulted in his promotion to brevet major general of the Army at the almost incredibly young age of 23. Along with other senior officers who had been awarded lofty titles, after the war ended his rank was effectively reduced to lieutenant colonel. As a sign of deference, and in keeping with custom, he was always addressed as "General Custer." However, he never did attain the full rank of general throughout the remainder of his career, something which rankled him greatly.


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    May, 2015
    18th Monday
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