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    Telegram Regarding Burial of the officers at Little Bighorn: A Copy Signed by Assistant Adjutant General R. C. Drum. This is a copy kept at Division Headquarters of a report forwarded by telegram to Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend in Washington. Dated July 8, 1876, it reads: "The bodies of the officers killed in Custer's fight were buried on the field and the graves marked." The desperation of the battle's aftermath at the scene can be vividly imagined in the rest of the message: "With the means at hand, it was simply impossible to bring the bodies in to the Yellowstone, even subsistence had to be thrown away to get transportation to bring in the wounded."

    Drum's signature was copied by the scribe. But though it looks as if he started to initial the copy, Drum then signed hurriedly at the bottom.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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