Post by zebzachary on Jun 20, 2013 14:04:09 GMT -5
In the Summer, 2005 Research and Review there is an article by Kevin J. Connelly entitled "Custer's Luck and Custer's Love." On page 28 of the article there is a photo labeled as "LT. Colonel George A. Custer, ca.1861. It is from Custer Battlefield National Monument. It shows a Union soldier in a kepi with epilates on his shoulder. He is holding a sabre and has a mustache and goatee. I have never seen this photo anywhere else. Is it authentic? If not, then who is it? Can anyone please shed some light on this.
I haven't seen the research and review article you refer to but the photograph sounds like the one on page 8 of G.A. Custer his life and times by Glenn Swanson. In the photo in the Swanson book Custer, in addition to a sword has a sash, epaulettes and kepi with crossed sabres on it. I think this is the photo your referring to from the dispatch. The book states their is only one copy of the photo that was in the back of Custer's west point album. On the same page in the book Swanson pictures the epaulettes Custer is wearing in the photo, as they were saved by Libbie. This is a rare photograph of George Custer and Swanson's book is the only publication I have seen it in. Swanson's book has great pictures of Custer, the 7th's officers and enlisted men and many great artifacts associated with them. Welcome to the board.
Post by zebzachary on Jun 23, 2013 17:30:09 GMT -5
Thanks Nate for the welcome and solution to my question. I checked out Mr. Swanson's website and sure enough there was the picture! It looks like he has written a beautiful book and one worth investing in. Currently I am reading "Remembering 'Long Hair' " by Paul James Moore, PhD. It was briefly mentioned in the new 'Research & Review' & is for sale at Amazon.(I was able to purchase it for $20 as opposed to the $30 as listed.) It is chock full of maps, battlefield photographs, and participant accounts. His statements are backed up by many source notes. Over 1200 of them! Also the bibliography is excellent and includes Web Resources and even presentations at Book Symposiums at CBMHA. I have not finished reading it yet but already my Battlefield topography knowledge has increased. Being new to this board I hope to be able to add to the intelligent conversation going on here.