Place Published: Columbus, Ohio
Date Published: 1901
Description: 3 x 8.75 inches, Columbus, Ohio, September 10, 1901. This exceedingly rare document signed "Brice Custer" is a check drawn on the Columbus Savings Bank Co. in Columbus, Ohio -- a payment to the order of Brice Custer for the amount of $48.00, boldly signed on the back. History has shown that Brice took great pain in hiding his brother's secret, including hiding the facts from Elizabeth Custer, the General's wife and his greatest champion. After graduating from High School, Josiah moved to Oklahoma to live with his mother "Monahseetah," who had since married a white man named John Isaac. Recent historical information has surfaced indicating that Custer had married "Monahseetah" (Daughter of Chief Black Kettle) in a traditional Cheyenne marriage ceremony. Historian Gregory Michno, who was skeptical of the story, includes it in his LAKOTA NOON: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat (1997), a Cheyenne account that insists not only upon the relationship between Custer and "Monahseetah" and upon the existence of a child, but also that both were present in the Indian village of Lakota's and Cheyenne that Custer fatally attacked at the Little Big Horn River in 1876. Michael A. Elliot examines the matter further in his acclaimed book "Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars," University of Chicago Press, 2008, confirming that Brice secretly raised General Custer's Indian child , but adds: "Gail Kelly-Custer delivered a paper at the 2004 meeting of the Western Historical Association entitled 'General Custer's Secret Indian Family, or How I Discovered My Heritage.'" Kelly-Custer presented evidence in the form of extensive research and documentation in support of her thesis, including an affidavit that Brice Custer had raised Yellow Bird from infancy. Last there is a well-known interview, circa 1920s with "Brave Bear," a Cheyenne warrior who was present at Little Big Horn. He was asked: "Yellow Bird was fathered by the white soldier-chief?" "It is so," Brave Bear answered. "The soldier-chief who had yellow locks hanging to his shoulders, the one we called Long Hair." A true rarity by the one Custer brother that actually altered history, for over a century. Brothers Thomas and Boston Custer were killed at Little Big Horn along with the General. Very good condition.
Comments: Older brother of George Armstrong Custer who, upon an arrangement with the General, agreed to raise his male Indian child "Yellow Bird" in Ohio in the event of his death. Brice did so, calling him Josiah Custer.Signed: Y
Book ID: 253756