Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Charles Varnum: Colorful Autograph Letter Signed to Colonel W. A. Graham about The Battle. No date, circa 1925. Varnum continued to be a source for historians until his death in 1936. This letter to Graham, who was still doing the research for The Story of the Little Bighorn (1926), is especially vivid in his recounting of the siege at Reno hill. The attacking Indians had begun using captured carbines and their .45-70 ammunition. Regarding the difference between cartridges loaded with 70 grains of powder versus 55 grains of powder, Varnum writes, "On this hill most of the bullets came in with a zip sound. Then a zing-g-g sound came. That made you take notice." See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, p. 258.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 398

    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
    Consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,566,538