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    Charles Varnum: Colorful Autograph Letter Signed to Colonel W. A. Graham about The Battle. No date, circa 1925. Varnum continued to be a source for historians until his death in 1936. This letter to Graham, who was still doing the research for The Story of the Little Bighorn (1926), is especially vivid in his recounting of the siege at Reno hill. The attacking Indians had begun using captured carbines and their .45-70 ammunition. Regarding the difference between cartridges loaded with 70 grains of powder versus 55 grains of powder, Varnum writes, "On this hill most of the bullets came in with a zip sound. Then a zing-g-g sound came. That made you take notice." See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, p. 258.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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