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Heading: (Custer, George Armstrong)
Author: Reno, Marcus
Title: Original carbon of a handwritten note by Capt. M.A. Reno to Brig. Gen. Custer, regarding movement of troops near Antietam
Place Published: Near Halltown, [West] Virginia
Date Published: Aug. 26. 1864

14 lines, on sheet of yellow paper 15x11 cm (6x4¼"); matted and framed under plexiglass along with original photograph portrait of Reno by D.F. Barry, with Barry's blindstamp in lower right margin. Overall 38x49 cm (15x19¼").

Captain Marcus Reno, whose path would famously cross that of Custer during the post-Civil War conflicts with the Native American Sioux, writes to “Brig Gen Custer Cmdg 1st Brig 1st Div”: “General, If you are at Antietam Ford & General [James H.] Wilson at Shepherdstown [W. VA.] move your Brigade to Shepherdstown, & relieve Gen Wilson, who will go to support General [William W.] Averell- By Command of Brig Gen [Alfred Thomas] Torbert M.A. Reno Capt & Chf staff.” A rare original carbon copy of a handwritten note by Reno to George A. Custer a decade before he would serve under the flamboyant "Yellow Hair," arriving too late at the Battle of Little Big Horn following some confusion, and suffering ignominy and charges of cowardice.


Old folds, as to be expected; very good.

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Letter from Marcus Reno to George A. Custer, 1864

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Aug 23, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA