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    George Armstrong Custer: A Signed 7th Cavalry Discharge for a Musician in the Regimental Band. This March 1875 document acknowledges that one Otto Kauffman had completed his five year enlistment and was released from service. Under the heading of "Character," the commandant of the Regimental Band has noted that Kauffmann was an "excellent musician." Interestingly, another notation records that "The soldier took part in an engagement with hostile Indians near Big Horn River, Montana Territory, August 11th, 1873."

    The 7.5" x 9.5" document is in good overall condition, with a fine Custer signature. It is especially interesting in light of Custer's affection for his regimental musicians. At Fort Lincoln, he actively encouraged musical performances as morale builders.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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