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HALE, Owen (1843-1877) During the Civil War, he served as a sergeant major with the 1st New York Mounted Rifles and later with the 7th New York Cavalry until May 8, 1863, when he received a commission to second lieutenant. Hale was promoted to fire lieutenant on October 19, 1864, and brevetted captain on March 13, 1865. Hale was one of the original officers in the newly formed 7th U.S. Cavalry when he was appointed a first lieutenant on July 28, 1866. In September 1877, Hale and the 7th U.S. Cavalry accompanied General Nelson Miles in pursuit of Nez Perce Chief Joseph. The inclement weather on the morning of September 30th, led Hale to say, "My God! Have I got to go out and be killed in such cold weather!" Later in the day, Hale led a squadron on the first charge into Chief Joseph's encampment at Snake Creek near the Bear Paw Mountain, Montana. He was within twenty yards of the Indians when he was killed by a bullet in the neck.Autograph Document Signed “Owen Hall 1st Lt. 7th U.S. Cavy” 1pp. oblong octavo, Camp Supply, Indian Territory, December 6, 1868, being payment for a horse from Lieutenant Mathey. Fine conditionLt. Colonel Edward Gustave Mathey (1837-1915) Served in the Civil War and the Indian Wars. On May 17, 1876, he departed with 7th Cavalry to participate in the Sioux expedition. From June 22 he commanded the pack train accompanying the 7th Cavalry and on June 25-26 he was in the hilltop fight on the Little Big Horn River.

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Have I got to go out and be killed in such cold

Estimate $300 - $500Jan 7, 2018