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

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

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

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.

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. 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

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