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    George A. Custer: Little Big Horn Relic Shell Casing from Custer's Rifle. 1 3/4" long relic shell casing which is believed to be one that Lt. Col George A. Custer carried on either his person or his horse into the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It is well known through contemporary witness accounts and historical research that Custer carried a Remington .50-70 caliber "rolling block" sporting rifle into battle. No direct evidence for George Custer's personal firearms (a Remington sporting rifle and Royal Irish Constabulary pistols) was located on the Custer battlefield. However, a single .50-caliber bullet fired from a Remington sporting rifle was found at the Reno-Benteen defense site. The bullet was found under five inches of earth in the hospital area, and its orientation suggests it was fired from an Indian position east of the defense site. The bullet is not definitive evidence of Custer's Remington in Indian hands, but it shows that at least one .50-caliber Remington sporting rifle was used in the battle. (Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn, p. 116). The original letter framed with the shell states that the relic shell was recovered by Keith McDougal on October 21, 1976 using a metal detector on range land leased to the Scott Cattle Company. The casing was recovered approximately 200 yards North and slightly East of the Calhoun position on Battle Ridge. Research done by the shell's previous owner indicates that the Remington company validated the fact they produced brass shells of this caliber during the period in question. Most all of the Indian used and US Cavalry shell casings recovered during the next years were almost entirely made of copper. The casing was previously in the collection of the late respected Custer author Mr. John Carroll of Bryan, Texas, and was one of the prized pieces in his collection. Carroll was co-author of the work "Roll Call on the Little Bighorn" and wrote several books and pamphlets on Custer.

    PROVENANCE: On the back of the 13" x 13 1/2" shadow box fame is a signed and notarized affidavit from Keith McDougal Jr. dated Sept. 20, 1979, and original letter from McDougal to John Carroll dated August 8, 1979. The Michael Ward Collection of Western Americana


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