Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Ferdinand Culbertson: His Official February 1876 Promotion to the Rank of Sergeant, Signed by Reno and Cooke. Immortalized as the discoverer of the famed "Culbertson Guidon," he was with Captain Benteen's force during the Battle of Little Bighorn. Subsequently assigned to the detail recovering and burying the slain soldiers' bodies, he found one of the company guidons under the body of Cpl. John Foley. The only Little Bighorn battle flag immediately recovered at the scene, it came to be named after its discoverer. This significant 14.5" x 10" document is in excellent condition, with a large, bold Reno signature, and has great display appeal.

    Also included is a 1950 exchange of correspondence between noted Little Bighorn historian Col. William A. Graham and the War Department, to whom he had written seeking information regarding Culbertson's military service.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 459

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2020 May 3 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,355,133