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    Limited Edition of Reno Court of Inquiry

    Colonel W. A. Graham. The Official Record of a Court of Inquiry Convened at Chicago, Illinois, January 13, 1879, by the President of the United States upon the Request of Major Marcus A. Reno, 7th U.S. Cavalry to Investigate his Conduct at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25-26, 1876. (Pacific Palisades: W. A. Graham, 1951). First edition. Limited to 125 copies, this being #87. Two 4to volumes bound as one. xi, 575 pp., printed on recto only. Three maps. Brown cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine. A typed note signed by Graham is included with book. One page, April 17, 1952, to a Mr. Nichols. It reads, "The proceedings of the Reno Court of Inquiry is without doubt the most reliable, as well as the greatest repository of first hand information concerning the Battle of the Little Big Horn in existence. I have studied it for many years, and have never failed to find in it some light on every dark question. (Signed) W. A. Graham, Colonel, U. S. Army, Retired". A fine copy.

    This is the full transcription of the proceedings of this important military inquiry, which should not be confused with the Abstract of the Official Records ..., a shorter, condensed version. Colonel Graham, while in the Army, discovered the transcript in the National Archives. He copied the records, made his own copy, and printed 125 copies using a ditto machine on obverse sides only. "This monumental work has long been needed, and should be in the library of every large university or public library. A necessity for every serious student of the minutely dissected story of the Little Big Horn, sweeping away the all too numerous fictions of 'feature writers' and partisan authors." (Dustin.)

    Dustin 605.


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