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    Margaret Custer Calhoun: Manuscript Lament as the 7th Departed from Fort Abraham Lincoln. After her husband, Lt. James Calhoun, led the 7th Cavalry's Company "L" west from Ft. Lincoln, never to return, "Maggie" was apparently in a romantic and perhaps fearful frame of mind. She wrote out from memory the lyrics to the popular song "What Would You Do, Love?" by Irish artist and songwriter Samuel Lover (1797-1868) and dated it, in her hand: "Ft. A. Lincoln D.T./May 25th 1876."

    G. A. Custer's young sister Margaret Emma (1852-1910) and Lt. James Calhoun (1845-1876) met in 1870, fell in love, and married in 1872. Like her sister-in-law Libby, in widowhood, she eventually moved to Manhattan. Unlike Libby, Maggie remarried in 1904 but lived just over five more years. The paper has some staining at the fold, but the writing is clear, 7.5" x 12.25".
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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