Lt. Charles (Carlo) De Rudio - A Co. Jan 5, 2013 14:58:43 GMT -5
Post by stevewilk on Jan 5, 2013 14:58:43 GMT -5
Michno's Encylopedia, pg. 243:
"1 June 1870, North Fork of the Solomon River (North-Central Kansas)
Shortly after Lt. Charles C. DeRudio and Company K, 7th Cavalry, had escorted a train of settlers to the plains along the North Solomon river, about 75 Indians, probably Cheyenne, stole the emigrants' cattle. DeRudio and his men, camped downstream, rode after the raiders, wounding four Indians and recovering much of the stock. Later, at Ellsworth, Kansas, the thankful citizens presented DeRudio with a gold-mounted saber. Six years later, DeRudio would carry the saber into battle at the Little Bighorn."
I had never seen that DeRudio's saber was a personal one, and not government issue. It should still be in existence somewhere?
Clair, DeRudio's saber is shown on pg. 89 of Glen Swanson's book. Photo credit reads Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in Los Angeles. Quiet an ornate weapon; I would think DeRudio would cherish it as a keepsake and not take it on campaign. The scabbard is inscribed:
Presented by the members of
"G" Troop 7th Cavalry to their
Lieut. Charles C. DeRudio in
Camp Solomon River Kansas
June 25th 1870
Note the date. Rather ironic. Swanson says after the sword was presented, Custer stated that it would be the last such presentation given to any officer of the Seventh Cavalry. Swanson mentions that the citizens presented DeRudio with a "memorial signed by 115 souls of the Solomon Valley"...while the inscription mentions the sword being presented by the men of his company.