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    Gen. Frederick W. Benteen: Personal Effects. Given by his son Lt. Col. Fred Benteen to Custer historian Col. W. A. Graham. Most of Benteen's personal belongings were burned in a home fire. Fortunately for historians and buffs of the Little Bighorn, he had given W. W. Cooke's note to a friend and former officer, Lt. Robert N. Price (1847-1889) whose descendents sold it to a group that bought it for the museum at West Point. Here, the beaded American flag souvenir was made by a Lakota woman for sale to soldiers. According to the note of provenance written by collector Hugh Schick, Freddie said that his father had bought the beaded fob before 1872. The other two pieces are the gold watch chain with its carved black fob which Benteen may have carried during his western campaigns, and a folding knife which dates from about 1890 and was probably purchased by Benteen in Atlanta.

    Are there other personal items belonging to Benteen in private collections? We know of none.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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