Signed Military Document


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Place Published: Standing Rock
Date Published: 1875

Description: Partly printed military document signed, (6th Infantry), seven months before Little Big Horn, 16.75 x 10.75 inches, Standing Rock, [Nov. 1, 1875], "A Statement Of Forage and Straw Issued to and Consumed by the Public Animals under my direction at Standing Rock, Dakota Territory, during the month of October, 1875," for transient animals from Fort Rice, signed by Captain and Commander of Post James S. Poland, an officer who served under Major Reno at the Little Big Horn and was erroneously reported as "Killed In Action" when severely wounded in the back. At the time this document was signed, Poland was ordered to cease his sale of rifles and ammunition to Indians at the Standing Rock Reservation, as the recipients were closely connected with Sitting Bull's band. One month later, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs called for the use of troops against those Indians. Also signed by Lieutenant William Badger, a close friend of Custer who survived the Black Hills Campaign. His son Tom, who filled out the body of this document, became General Custer's personal secretary in 1876 and was killed at Little Big Horn. Also included: a Xerox of a rare photograph of the 7th cavalry, 6th infantry in uniform with accoutrements, all identified including Custer, Badger and Poland. Partial tearing along one of the folds; otherwise near fine condition.

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 243423

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