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    Scarce Authentic "USS" Uniform Hat Insignia for an Indian Scout. 1890 issue, in silver, 2.75" x 1.5". Indian Scouts performed invaluable services during the Indian Wars, sometimes singly and, as Bloody Knife with Reno, giving their lives in combat. Custer made use of scouts, organized in companies commanded by regular army officers, in his campaigns. Lieutenants Varnum and McIntosh commanded the 7th Cavalry's Indian Scouts at one time or another. Stanton Fisher, a civilian scout with General Howard during the Nez Perce campaign in 1877, remarked on the prowess of Howard's Bannock scouts, "Uncle Sam's boys are too slow for this business." The scout units had been outfitted with surplus and even discarded military clothing and gear, but beginning in 1890 they were given the "Crossed Arrows" emblem in acknowledgment of their service.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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