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    Comanche: Photograph and the Story of Survival. Comanche, Capt. Myles Keogh's veteran mount, was famously the sole survivor of Custer's battalion on June 25, 1876. Recovered and pampered ever after by the Army, he died in 1891 at about age 32 at Fort Riley, Kansas. In the accompanying signed letter to Col. William A. Graham from Capt. P.W. Wey of the Quartermaster Corps are the story of Comanche's ordeal and his physical description. Wey also notes with sensitivity that upon Comanche's death: "Carcass turned over to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., for mounting."

    Col. Graham (1875-1954) was a tireless collector of Custeriana and information on the Little Bighorn. He published the well-regarded The Story of the Little Bighorn in 1926 and capped his career in 1953 with The Custer Myth: A Sourcebook.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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