Items of the 7th dead recovered after the battle Mar 21, 2008 12:58:42 GMT -5
Post by bandboxtroop on Mar 21, 2008 12:58:42 GMT -5
I am trying to get a data base together of items 7th cavalry items recovered after the battle, and what became of these items. I know that 2 troop guidons were said to have been recovered at Slimm Buttes. One on the pole and one made into a pillow case. Another guidon was said to have been recovered under the body of a dead soldier on Last Stand Hill by Sgt Culbertson. I believe the museum has only 2 of these guidons. % guidons were lost with Custers Battalion plus his personal Guidon, Renos command I believe lost 2 guidons. The regimental colors may or may not have been lost. Ive heard rumors that the one in the museum was a reissue and indded the regimental colors were lost. Paxton in his excellant painting show the regimental colors on Last Stand Hill. A spur from Custer was recovered and a map case. Toms Custers jacket was recovered at Dull Knife or Slim Buttes. Lt Porters jacket was recovered in the village. Lt Stugis's underwear was recovered in the village. Lt Porters knife was recovered in Canada. Lt Cookes cap and ball revolver was recovered in Canada and given back to his family it sold last year in private auction. Keoughs gauntlets and a cdv he carred was recovered at Slim Buttes. Keoughs revolver showed up in Canada but the indians wouldnt part with it. Lt Rileys family ring was recovered and given back to his mother. I belive Calhouns watch was recovered and Lt Smiths watch chain was recovered on his body. 3,7th mounts were recovered at Slim buttes but they never received the status Commnache recieved most likely put back into service. Dr Lords medical kit was recovered in the village and is in Washington DC. About 7 7th cavalry carbines and revolvers were recovered in 1927 from the reservation by Dr Marquis. Anyone have any more info on recovered items and present where abouts especially where Toms Custers coat is today.