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    Fabulous Buckram-Bound set of Goldin's "On the Little Bighorn with Gen. Custer" with Benteen Notations. Published in The Army Magazine, June and July/ August, 1894, issues, presentation to General F. W. Benteen with Benteen's handwritten annotations. Theodore Goldin (1858-1935) was a private in Lt. Donald McIntosh's Company G. After the disastrous attack on the village and the retreat to the bluffs (his company commander killed), Goldin distinguished himself as one of the volunteers who fetched water, while under fire, and who was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Goldin had begun corresponding with Benteen in 1891. With this lot is a 5-page TLS, the only known surviving Goldin letter from the long exchange, dated January 6, 1896. These articles are in part a result of their correspondence, enough so that Benteen would comment in one of the volumes, "This is about the fairest and most exact account of our row with the Dakotas that I have seen." As the years passed, Goldin's accounts would become more fantastic and his role more central in the telling.

    For now, Benteen found little fault. This did not stop him from making liberal and trenchant comments and additions in the text and along the margins. Between the correspondence, collected in The Benteen-Goldin Letters on Custer and his Last Battle (New York, 1964), and the plentiful annotations in these two volumes, there is probably not a better single source of first-hand information about the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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