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    Lieutenant McIntosh's Wedding Ring, a Poignant Souvenir. Lt. Donald McIntosh and the patriotically named Lt. Francis Marion Gibson, married to sisters Mollie and Katherine Garrett, were commissioned 2nd Lieutenants in the 7th Cavalry at almost the same time in late 1867. McIntosh, younger brother of the legendary scout and guide for General Crook, Archie McIntosh (1834-1902), was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Company "G" in 1870, Gibson to 1st Lieutenant in Company "H" in 1871. As part of Reno's battalion, McIntosh was killed in the valley during the fight at the south end of the Indian Village. Gibson fought with Benteen's battalion. After the battle, as the troopers were trying to find their missing comrades, Gibson was able to identify his friend and brother-in-law's remains.

    Cementing Gibson's identification of the body was this unusual button, black gutta percha with the embossed scene of a one-story homestead, surrounded by trees, with a rail fence in the foreground. Gibson said that his brother-in-law was given these buttons before the regiment marched out of Fort Abraham Lincoln.

    The ring, gold with a small diamond in the Old European Cut style, bears the initials inside of Donald and Mollie, "DM & MM," and the numerals "66" for 1866, the year they were wed. It was found in 1995 near the position where McIntosh was killed. There can't be a more personal emblem of loss among the 7th Cavalry dead!

    See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, pages 100-101, for more of the story.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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