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    Lt. George D. Wallace: Collection of Six Pieces of Related Ephemera. Three letters from the beginning of his career are torn and taped but still entirely legible. Even though they are chatty, addressed in one case to his father and in the other two to his mother, they are full of interest because he was such a conscientious and observant young man. The letter to his mother from West Point, shortly before his graduation, is signed "Your Son,/ Cadet Lieutenant G. D. Wallace." The second letter to his mother describes his Reconstruction duty not far from his family home in South Carolina, his first assignment with the 7th Cavalry. He signs his full name here: "Your Son,/ George D. Wallace/ Lieut 7th Cavalry." The third, written as he is on his way to his first frontier posting, is addressed "Dear Father." "When we get to Fort Rice," he writes, "we will be at the starting point of our summer campaign." He signs formally, "Your Son,/ G. D.. Wallace/ 2 Lt. 7 Cav." The three documents are actually two: one is the manuscript for the printed version naming Wallace as a member of a board of examination.

    The remarkable thing about this small collection is that it includes three full signatures of a Little Bighorn survivor. Wallace, as noted earlier, was fated to be killed in action at Wounded Knee in 1890.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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