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    CURLEY - GENERAL CUSTER'S CROW SCOUT BY D.F. BARRY Beautifully detailed cabinet image of Curley, the most noted of Custer's Crow scouts. Curley enlisted in the U.S. Army as a scout on April 10, 1876, and shortly thereafter was chosen to scout for the 7th Cavalry during the Little Bighorn expedition, with fellow Crow warriors White Man Runs Him, Goes Ahead, Hairy Moccasin, White Swan and Half Yellow Face. Curley, White Man Runs Him, Goes Ahead, and Hairy Moccasin accompanied Custer's men to the ridge later known as Last Stand Hill, but shortly before the fight began, Custer ordered the scouts to a distant ridge. When the Battle ended, Curley was identified as the lone survivor, something he always denied - his fellow scouts survived as well. Oval bust photo shows Curley in profile, wearing a white man's shirt, several beaded necklaces, a large hoop earring in his right ear, and fur-wrapped braids. The image measures approximately 3½" x 4½' and is affixed to Barry's red-print photographer's mount. Beneath image, "Curley - Crow Scout" in gilt print. On verso, photographer's notations in pencil read: "No 21 prog p 27 Put this in place of 'American Horse.'" Very minor soiling of mount does not detract from this fine image in excellent condition.

    Provenance: The Chris Kortlander Collection


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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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