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    [George Armstrong Custer] Judge Daniel S. Bacon: An Unpublished Photograph of the Father of Elizabeth Custer. A carte de visite image by W. McClellan, photographer, Monroe, Michigan. We find only a single published image of Bacon, an earlier daguerreotype of Bacon with his first wife and his daughter Libbie. This new image appears to show the prosperous judge as he appeared not long before his death in 1866. Also included is a carte de visite of his second wife, Rhoda Wells Pitts, who was not the mother of Elizabeth. G. A. Custer did not attend his funeral, on the excuse that he was occupied with business in New York. However, there was well-documented friction between the two men, as the judge was known to have been less than enthusiastic about his daughter's choice of husbands. Also accompanying the lot is an ambrotype image which is identified on the back of the case as Judge Bacon, but the features are not consistent with the two known images. Perhaps it depicts a different family member. In any case, this newly-uncovered CDV image of Bacon is an important discovery for collectors of Custer-related artifacts, as it is the only view of the man later in his life.

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    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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