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    Louis Rott: His 7th Cavalry Discharge Papers Signed by Then-Lieutenant Edward Godfrey. Rott's five-year term of enlistment ended in 1875, and although he would reenlist in the 7th, this document marks the formal end of his first tour of duty. Godfrey was at that time a lieutenant in charge of K Company in which Rott served. At the end is a carriage or assessment in Godfrey's hand: "Excellent, Honest, Sober, and Trustworthy."

    Godfrey would command Rott's K Company at Little Big Horn, and would achieve considerable notoriety in the following years for his analysis of the battle. Godfrey's criticism of Major Marcus Reno played a major role in his discrediting and subsequent dismissal from the Army. He would continue with Company K, and once again commanded Rott at the Battle of Bearpaw Mountain against the Nez Perce in 1877, where he would be severely wounded. Godfrey ultimately received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his performance in that battle. He remained part of the 7th Cavalry serving in the West until 1896, his last posting being at the famed Fort Apache in Arizona Territory. His military career ended in 1907, when he retired as a brigadier general.

    As is the case with the other Rott documents the handwritten portions of this discharge has been carefully traced at some point. Nonetheless it remains an important artifact of the Little Big Horn era of the 7th Cavalry. Light overall moisture damage, but still displays quite presentably. 7.5" x 9.5", elegantly triple-matted and custom framed.

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