Does anyone here know of folks who've worked on compilations of information regarding trophies/necessities/luxury items/ souvenirs taken from the LBH battlefield by Indians (or, for that matter, soldiers)? Obviously, horses, saddles, leather. There has to have been a tremendous amount of salvage and recycling going on. Did much of it ever turn up? (Am assuming that when drifting back to the agencies or, later, surrendering those possessing identifiable gear probably dumped it.) I've run across scattered references and am wondering - given the fact that every other conceivable (and occasionally even inconceivable) aspect of the fights command someone's intense curiosity - that this angle must have been worked over.
The only thing I can recall offhand is the 1879 US Ordnance report mentions eleven Springfield Carbines recovered from the Indians by serial number that fall within the 7th Cavalry issue range. Obviously trophies. It also mentions a number of carbines recovered with the serial numbers defaced to unreadable, so cannot be proven to be from LBH. (I didn't believe that the Indians were that sophisticated as to think of obscuring serial numbers.) As a slight side note: back in the mid 1980's I actually saw one of the eleven for sale for a mere $850(!) but it got away before I was able to get it. I still have that price list as a souvenir. The seller didn't realize it was one of the eleven mentioned in the report--a documented LBH carbine!! When I later read him the excerpt he was pretty downcast (so was I who missed getting it myself!).
Post by benteeneast on May 14, 2016 7:58:51 GMT -5
A number of years ago I got to hold a Colt SAA with the correct period serial number. It had a cut down barrel similar to what was done for the Artillery modifications. You can't help but think where had this revolver been and in what events was it deployed.
I actually own one like that. The period serial numbers all match so it isn't an artillery one and the barrel is kind of crudely cut down (unfortunately) and it is about worn out--also looks like it was a rusty relic at one time (pitted and no finish), but cleaned up and repaired, original grips still...and actually shoots pretty nicely. (but I'm bringing a repro to LBH this year) If these old things could talk.....
Post by cowboyshootist on May 19, 2016 9:43:43 GMT -5
The RCMPolice museum in Regina, SK has a few artifacts from LBH. Cavalry spurs, watches etc. We know that Major James Walsh of the North West Mounted Police acquired a 7th Cav horse that he bought from a Metis who bought it from a Sioux. He called the horse Custer.
Also don't forget the company guidons and Keogh's glove and a few other trophy things that showed up not long after the battle--but then I guess those are the more obvious things as these are well publicised.
This August Schiffer published a book titled: Artifacts of the Battle of Little Big Horn: Custer, the 7th Cavalry & the Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors by a Will Hutchinson which purports to show many newly photographed artifacts from the battle and attributed to those who took part in it. From looking at the previews on Amazon at least some of the items pictured were already included in Glenn Swanson's book. Hopefully someone who has both books will write a review of this new text as I would hate to fork out almost forty dollars for a book with duplicate items pictured.