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    Charles Varnum: A Rare Autographed Cabinet Photo by a Fort Lincoln Photographer. Boldly inscribed and signed in ink on verso: "Respectfully Chas. A Varnum 1st Lt. [illegible] 7 Cavalry". Varnum was a key player in the events of Little Bighorn, serving as Custer's chief of scouts during the campaign.

    In a famous episode, Varnum and several Crow scouts took Custer to a vantage point now known as the "Crow's Nest," from which the Indian camp could be seen in the distance. They attempted to warn Custer of the enemy strength, but he failed to see what they did and returned to lead the regiment into the fateful battle.

    This cabinet card, in beautiful condition, is by O. S. Goff, Fort Lincoln, D.T. It undoubtedly dates circa 1876, making it special indeed.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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