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Amazing piece of history! Original 1871 postmarked envelop filled out by Gen George Custer to his wife Mrs Elizabeth Custer. Also included, are three original early 20th century photographs of Mrs Custer in her later years on her porch and looking out the window. The once ravishing beauty, now an elderly lady.. * See enlargeable images above and below.
Hand-addressed mailing envelope, 5.25 x 3.25, addressed by Custer to his wife, “Mrs. Genl Custer, Monroe, Mich,” bearing a New York, May 9, 1871, postal cancelation. Essentially signing/autographing his name and just adding "Mrs" in front of it.. A rough right edge from opening, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by 3 vintage photographs, picturing Mrs. Custer and their home in Monroe, along with a color German postcard photo of the residence. George Custer Signature and handwriting Pre-Certified PSA and Guaranteed Authentic for Life by Conway's Vintage Treasures.
NOTE: I have seen a number of the George Custer envelopes to his wife listed for sale online, that were actually filled out and signed by a secretary or other proxy signer. The "experienced eye" can easily see the difference however the less experienced may make the mistake of buying a fake George Custer signature. This one we offer here is unquestionably his GENUINE signature and handwriting and we Guarantee it Authentic for life, we are UACC Registered Dealer no 307. Also, this particular piece was Pre-certified by PSA.
Whether you are a collector or fan of the old west, American History, Military History, extremely rare authentic autographs or just museum grade memorabilia, this is a treasure no serious collector should let slip from his/her grasp! In excellent condition, particularly for 155 years old with an exceptionally bold fountain pen signature...
1860's General George Armstrong Custer Personally Signed and Addressed Envelope. The daring cavalry commander lost his life and gained his immortality as a victim of a massacre at the hands of a coalition of Lakota and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn, Montana. This envelope is addressed and effectively signed by the doomed legend in 9/10 black fountain pen ink. Rare signature variation of "Genl Custer," with "Mrs." preceding it (and easily matted out if desired) due to the envelope being mailed by Custer to his wife at home in the nation's capital. Minor age toning and handling wear to the envelope, but nothing of any significant distraction. Has original postage stamp and postmark.
Mrs George Custer Bio:
Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon was born in Monroe, Michigan, in 1842, the daughter of a wealthy and influential judge.
Libbie and George had a loving but tumultuous relationship. Both were stubborn, opinionated, and ambitious. Their private correspondences were filled with sexually charged double entendres. Despite hardships, they were utterly devoted to each other. She followed him to every assignment, even during the latter days of the Civil War. The depth of their relationship has been the subject of considerable interest in books and film.
Unlike many, Libbie was one of the only wives to follow their husbands wherever the army took them. She refused to be left behind, and joined Custer at the expense of the comfortable lifestyle to which she'd become accustomed as the child of a judge.
After the war, he reverted from his wartime rank of general to his Regular Army rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was assigned to a series of dreary and unsatisfying assignments in Texas, Kansas, and the Dakota Territory. Life on the frontier outposts was difficult and Custer's career was plagued by problems including a court martial (brought about by his leaving the field to be with Libbie).
The 1876 campaign against the Sioux seemed like a chance for glory to George Armstrong Custer. The couple's final home together was at Fort Abraham Lincoln near what is now Bismarck, North Dakota. From there Libbie's husband led the Seventh Cavalry in pursuit of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne who refused to be confined to the reservation system..
After her husband's column was wiped out at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in June 1876, many in the press, Army, and government criticized Custer for blundering into a massacre. President Ulysses S. Grant publicly blamed Custer for the disaster. Fearing that her husband was to be made a scapegoat by history, Libbie launched a one-woman campaign to rehabilitate her husband's image. She began writing articles and making speaking engagements praising the glory of what she presented as her "martyred" husband. Her three books—Boots and Saddles (1885), Tenting on the Plains—(1887), and Following the Guidon (1890) aimed at glorifying her dead husband's memory.
She died in New York City, four days before her 91st birthday, on April 4, 1933, and was buried next to her husband at West Point.
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