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    Captain Malcolm McArthur: Three Cartes de Visite, Two Autographed. Commander of Company "C," 17th Infantry, Capt. McArthur (1841-1886) was one of the first officers on the scene of Custer's disaster. These three photographs capture him at three distinct phases of his career. In the center (2" x 3.5") is the first official picture taken of him as a plebe at West Point in the fall of 1861. He was already a serious twenty year old when he matriculated. On the left (2.125" x 3.5") is Capt. McArthur in mid-career, probably in about 1875. His must have been one of the most luxuriant beards in the Infantry. The final picture, removed from a family album, shows McArthur at a point probably not long before his retirement in 1884. His cheeks are sunken, and his eyes and expression are weary. He lived just a little over a year in retirement, dying in February, 1886. Both of the photographs of McArthur as captain are autographed on the back. The mid-career signature is bolder, perhaps more self-assured than the later one, but both are strong and clear.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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