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    Thomas McDougall's Appointment as 2nd Lieutenant. McDougall is one of those fortunate officers who, after the Civil War, lost not a day of pay (though he was reduced in grade from captain of volunteers). Interestingly, though he was mustered out of the 5th U.S. Volunteer Infantry in August, 1866, this appointment as 2nd Lieutenant in the 32nd Infantry dates from 10 May 1866, and was dated above the facsimile signatures of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and President Andrew Johnson on 11 April 1867. Imagine how the paperwork must have piled up as the largest standing army in the world demobilized! This document is signed in the upper left corner by Assistant Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend who became Adjutant General of the Army in 1869.

    McDougall was a key Little Bighorn figure, commanding the pack train which brought up the rear behind Benteen's column. Custer urgently requested the packs be brought forward to support him, but by the time they arrived the access route to where he was embattled was blocked by hostile forces.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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