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    George Armstrong Custer: He Writes to Miles Moylan Regarding Irregularities in Officers' Dress. This interesting letter, entirely in his hand, was posted by Custer from Fort Leavenworth on January 24, 1870. A transcription is available on our website but, in essence, Custer seems to feel that officers' casual approach to attire during dress parades and inspections has a negative impact on general discipline. He inquires as to whether he should report or take action on such infractions in the future.

    Moylan is a significant figure in the lore of the 7th Cavalry. In 1872, he married "Lottie" Calhoun, sister of Custer's brother-in-law. Promoted to the rank of captain, he participated in the Yellowstone and Black Hills expeditions, and commanded Company "A" in Major Reno's battalion at Little Bighorn. In 1877, he won the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Bear Paw during the Nez Perce War and, in 1890, he was present at Wounded Knee.

    This two page Custer letter, 7.75" x 10", is in exceptionally fine condition and is endorsed on the separate attached leaf.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    Fort Leavenworth, KS

    January 24, 1870

    Lieut. Moylan,

     

    I would respectfully state for the information of the Brevet Major General Comdg the regiment that some of the company officers appear on parade wearing "government pants!" As all officers are expected to appear on parade in full uniform and as the dress hat and epaulettes are not in keeping with the pants intended for the enlisted men (when worn by an officer) I would recommend that uniformity in dress be required in officers appearing at dress parades or inspections. I have seen fit to call the attention of the regimental commander to the above fact believing it had not come under his notice heretofore. And would respectfully ask to be informed whether it is expected by him that I will, in future, report or take other action on any similar irregularities which may come under my observation when upon duty.

                                                                                Yours &c.

                                                                                        GA Custer



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