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    Stereoview of Sioux (Custer's) Camp in Castle Creek Valley by Illingworth, 1874. On July 2, 1874, General George Armstrong Custer started out with a force of 1,000 men, 110 wagons, and hundreds of horses, mules and cattle from Ft. Lincoln, Dakota Territory. His orders were to go to the Black Hills, explore the territory, locate a potential site for a fort on the western side, find a connection to a previously known route from Ft. Laramie to the southwest, and report back to Ft. Lincoln by August 30. Unofficially, the expedition was also to confirm or deny the rumored presence of gold in the Black Hills. Until this time, no organized party of whites had traveled into the Black Hills and returned to civilization to tell about it, though several groups had passed around the perimeter of the mountains in earlier years.

    This bird's-eye stereoview of the expedition depicts many wagons lined up in the background, lots of tents, and cattle grazing. In period pencil on verso: "Whear we had the first fus with the Indians in the Hills". Printed at bottom of card: "Sioux Camp in Castle Creek Valley". It's actually Custer Camp. Left side of card reads "Scenery of Dacota & Wyoming Territory and Black Hills. Photographed by W. H. Illingworth". Right side: "Published by W. H. Illingworth No. East Seventh Street, St. Paul, Minn." Measures approximately 7" x 3.5".

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