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    General David S. Stanley's Field Blanket. This 55" x 86" field officer's field/saddle blanket is crafted of fine wool and has silk embroidery detail work including the name "Gen. D. S. Stanley, USA" on one side in 3½" high letters. David S. Stanley, an 1852 graduate of West Point, was a friend of later-Confederate General JEB Stuart, a man who saved his life when they were stationed in Indian Territory together. Stanley was a captain in the US Army stationed at Fort Smith, Arkansas at the outbreak of the Civil War and was even offered a colonelcy of an Arkansas unit, but instead received a commission as a brigadier general of US Volunteers in October 1861. He was active in many of the battles of the West including the Battle of Corinth and was severely wounded at the Battle of Franklin, later receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions.

    Stanley would serve again on the frontier after the war. He was one of the first officers to ever encounter Sitting Bull and was, at one time, George Armstrong Custer's superior. It was a well-known fact that Stanley and Custer did not get along. In fact, Sitting Bull once remarked to Stanley that the Plains tribes would once unite and rise up against the white man, an event which actually transpired in the defeat of Custer some four years later.

    Condition: In overall good condition, there is some staining and small holes. The silk edge binding is well-worn.

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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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