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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. This is only the dimensions of the actual photo. Not the mat.

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

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:
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

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