Lot 379: ALS signed "G. A. Custer," one page, lightly-lined, 7.75 x 9.75, March 31, no year but circa 1875. Letter to Major John Carland, written from his post at Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory. In part: "As his employer will be arrested on similar charge look closely to Hannons bondsmen. I have seized several government missiles concealed near Apple Creek by Bmrk [Bismarck]. Cause his arrest also on this charge and scrutinized his bondsmen closely—If he could be placed here for safe keeping by the Marshall I think information of value could be obtained." Intersecting folds, overall creases, a tiny stain and tear to one horizontal fold, a small repaired tear to the right edge, and some brushing to graphite, otherwise fine condition.Grain began steadily disappearing from the forage buildings at Fort Lincoln during the spring of 1875, but General Custer was forbidden from making arrests outside of the military reservation, hampering his efforts to stop the robberies. Assisted by his friend Major John Carland, an officer with the 6th Infantry who had formerly worked as a lawyer, Custer was determined to root out every thieving culprit. Under Carland's oversight, Custer was able to gather all the proper evidence for prosecuting the thieving bandits. An extremely rare letter by Custer about this thorn in his side during the spring of 1875.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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