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Lot #183 - Carte De Visite Of George Armstrong Custer

  • Auction House:
    Leonard Joel
  • Sale Name:
    The American Civil War Collection
  • Sale Date:
    22 Jul 2012 ~ 12noon
  • Lot #:
    183
  • Lot Description:
    Carte De Visite Of George Armstrong Custer
    circa 1875, head and shoulders portrait of Lt. Col. Custer wearing regulation dress uniform, with gilt lettering to lower border of card mount 'Murray New York and Boston', verso inscribed in pencil 'Custer'
    Overall 10.5cm x 6.3cm
  • Notes:
    George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), the son of a blacksmith, was born in New Rumley, Ohio. He attended West Point Military Academy but was a poor student and graduated last in his class of 34 in 1861. Nevertheless, Custer excelled as an officer became one of the youngest Union Cavalry Commanders of the American Civil War. He was a daring and brave leader, though somewhat reckless. He led his cavalry units to some important victories and was instrumental in the defeat of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Appomatox on April 9, 1865 which brought about the end of the Civil War. Custer stayed in the military and took command of the 7th Cavalry in the Indian Wars. He had some notable victories including the defeat of the Cheyenne at the Battle of Washita River. However, in 1876, Custer and his men were slaughtered at the Battle of Little Big Horn. His deployment of 650 were hugely outnumbered by a large Indian camp numbering several 1000.
  • Estimate:
    A$500 - 800
  • Realised Price:
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  • Category:
    Militaria & Weapons

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