Print, Photographic

Date:
Ca 1859

2003.002.001 Photograph, George Armstrong Custer Salt print Circa. 1859 of George A. Custer while a cadet at West Point. Custer graduated 34th of 34 in 1861. Taken form life. Seated holding shako in right hand. .This and objects 2003.002.002 & 2003.002.003 came in the same frame and are associated. Was framed on October 7, 1960 by Goodspeed's Book Shop of Boston. Framing materials non-archival and 20th century (discarded). General George A. Custer - large salt print photograph taken from life, ca. 1859 of a young Custer ready for his future. Wearing his West Point cadet uniform and holding his Shako in his hand, with curly blond hair that would add to his fame and glory. This is one of the earliest known photographs of General Custer. Absolutely superb.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.001
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Flag

Date:
1876-1876

2003.002.013 Flag Cavalry flag. National colors with the oval star pattern which is indicative of Philadelphia manufacturers. The sleeve consists of an extended area of the canton and stripes folded over upon itself and it is also hand-sewn. this flag was used as a flank marker for lining up mounted troops. The pattern dates the flag to about 1876. 38-Star Regimental Cavalry Flag, ca. 1876 38-Star Custer Era Regimental Cavalry Flag, ca. 1876 - The gilt-painted stars are configured in a double wreath pattern with two vertical central stars of equal size; the silk canton and silk stripes are hand-sewn; the sleeve consists of an extended area of the canton and stripes folded over upon itself and it is also hand-sewn; and is entirely edged with a beautiful gold silk fringe all around. This Regimental Cavalry flag was used as a flank marker to help cavalry troops mounted on horseback line up while on patrol during the era of General Custer and the later Indian Wars. There are only four of these flags known to exist.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.013
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Pouch, Tobacco

Date:
1876-1876

2003.002.212a/b Tobacco Pouch 2003.002.212a is a "Bandoleer style" pipe bag. Purported to be bought by Indian Scout J. W. Atwood from an unidentified Sioux Chief. The design is similar to one that was worn by Sitting Bull. The design is a Great Lakes design. Beaded and has a loop for placing the head through and a large pouch below. Backside is black heavy cloth. Front is beaded with floral designs. 2003.002.012b is a card that came with the pouch. It is dated 1926 and is not signed. The Card reads: "Tobacco Pouch which was in actual service when bought from a Sioux Chief in Dakota, by J. W. Atwood in 18(unreadable) This Chief was one who took part in the Gen. Custer massacre on June 25, 1876. -over- To Edgar F. Salisbury In grateful (unreadable) of the many delightful auto-rides given to Aunt Laura 1926.

Description (physical):

. 2003.002.012b dimensions: H: 3 1/2" W: 5"

Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.012 a&b
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Documents

Date:
April 15, 1875-April 15, 1875

2003.002.009 Document, Peace Council-- General G. A. Custer Two Page document from Fort A. Lincoln Dakota Territory from April 15, 1875. In this document George Custer proposes a Peace Council with the Sioux and the Cheyenne. Custer writes to the U.S Indian Agent Edmund Palmer at the Standing Rock Agency. Custer writes: "I write to inform you that the date of the assembly has been postponed until 20th of May. I hope this delay will enable all of the principle chiefs and head men of your agency (Sioux) to arrive at this point and to participate in the "Treaty of Peace", which it is hoped to be made between the Indians of Fort Berthold and the Standing Rock and the Cheyenne Agencies. Please submit this matter for the consideration of the Indians under your charge and inform me of their decision. Very truly Yours- G. A. Custer-Lieut. Colonel 7th Cavalry, Brevet General U.S. Army"

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.009
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Letter

Date:
1859-1859

2003.002.008a&b Letter, George A. Custer Letter written by George A. Custer while a cadet at West Point to his girlfriend Minnie. Dated November 12, 59. Describes his attack of Scarlet Fever. Two separate sheets with writing on both sides - lengthy 8 page letter to his girlfriend Minnie written from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, Saturday November 12, 1859. Full of Custer bravado attempting to get back into good graces with his girlfriend by describing his attack of Scarlet Fever. He states ?forgive me for my neglect and I promise to do better in the future, Minnie has underlined this and added her own note, he has broken his promises before?. He then goes on to describe having his photograph taken at West Point, then he goes on to describe having been placed under arrest at West Point, ?I think I prophesied that I would be under arrest before I was here six months and I proved to be a true prophet for I have been under arrest just five week today. I will not tell you my offense this time but reserve it for my next but I was caught in the net in that I along with several other cadets were marched to meals under armed guard by nine sentinels - I am still ever yours - Armstrong?. Certainly one of the finest Custer letters from West Point, Custer was rowdy as ever and received numerous demerits however his rowdiness proved to be to his advantage during battle and he went on to become one of the most famous Generals in American history. (8 page letter all in his hand)

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.008 a&b
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1866-1876

2003.002.007 Carte-de-Visite Portrait of George A. Custer. This carte-de-visite is actually a photographic print of a lithograph done of a photo of Custer. The image is post Civil War. He is wearing a scarf with a star on it, and also a wide collared tunic with a star at the tips. Below image is handwritten in : "Yours Truly G A Custer U.S.A." Provenance on the piece is that it was presented by Custer to Captain George W. Yates a fellow officer who also died at Little Big Horn. George Yates (February 26, 1843-June 25, 1876) Yates was born in Albany, New York. He met Custer in Monroe, Michigan, and they became close personal friends. Yates served as a Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. Custer secured a position for Yates on General Alfred Pleasonton's staff. Fought at First Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. In 1866, Yates was appointed Captain of F Company, Seventh US Cavalry. Seventh Cavalry. One of the "Custer Gang" of "Custer Clan", which was a close group of friends and relatives that served under Custer. Yates was buried on the Little Bighorn Battlefield, but was reinterred in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Fort Yates in Dakota Territory was named in his memory and honor, and Battery Yates at Fort Baker overlooks San Fransisco Bay.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.007
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1870-1876

2003.002.006 Carte-de-Visite Portrait of George A. Custer as General of the 7th Cavalry Ca. 1875. Custer is seated and looking to his right. Elaborate braided cord around his neck and over his left breast. Post-Civil-War shoulder boards. "General Custer" printed on mat border below the photo. On back in pencil: "1295.00" and "1YR".

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.006
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1864-1865

2003.002.005 Carte-de-Visite Portrait of General George A. Custer. He is seated with his right elbow on arm of chair which is high and has dark fringe. He is turned to the left. His left hand is clenched and on his left thigh. His hat has a broad-brim with the right side of the hat tipped up. On backside of photo is "Custer" written in pencil.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.005
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1864-1865

2003.002.004 Carte-de-visite, George A. Custer Ca. 1865. Oval image set inside mat with design in gold trim of a laurel frame hung with tassels. Image measures: 2" high by 1 3/4" wide. Photo is a portrait of Custer, who is seated and looking to his right. He is not wearing a hat. Image shows to the middle of Custer's chest. On the back is a blue stamp with Washington's portrait. Stamp marked: "Inter. Rev. 2 Cents Back Check". Also on back in pencil reads: "From Personal Album of G. A. Custer Len Pra 9/91". General George A. Custer - his famous photograph taken in 1865 as a Major General, actually from the Custer family photograph album. Being his last photograph taken from the Civil War, he is sporting his shoulder length curly blond hair which caused the Indians refer to him as Yellow Hair. Absolutely superb photograph from the Custer family album.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.004
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Badge

Date:
1850-1865

Cap Badge for the US military academy at West Point. Brass with two clasps on back. Eagle at center with band above which reads: "U.S.M.A." Eagle carries arrow and sword.

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2003.002.003
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier