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DescriptionGeorge Armstrong Custer: Mammoth Albumen Print of an Iconic Image by William H. Illingworth. This is one of the most familiar of the seventy official photos taken by Illingworth during the famous 1874 Expedition to the Black Hills during which gold was discovered. It shows Custer posed with a bear he killed after it wandered into the camp. Posed with Custer are the scout Bloody Knife, Captain William Ludlow (who had given Illingworth the commission as official photographer for the Army) and Private Noonan. The image is most often seen in stereoview form, but this is a huge 10" x 12.5" (sight) print. Written in period black ink in the lower left-hand corner: "Genl. Custer and his Brother." However, our research identifies neither of the other men as Custer's brother.
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