Custer's Guns Nov 4, 2006 23:51:10 GMT -5
Post by Jimbo on Nov 4, 2006 23:51:10 GMT -5
I have recently discovered some old books on Custer that I had misplaced years ago concerning his biography, military service, ultimate demise at LBH Battlefield, etc. and while I was rereading these books & examining all the photos & illustrations, A thought occured to me as I was looking at photos of Custer's guns that were illustrated in these publications that, according to the description of the particular weapon shown, it was mentioned who presently owned the particular piece saying "courtesy of so and so collector" or "out of the collection of so and so". Some of them were still in the possession of family members, also, if I remember correctly. Illustrated in various books were several of his side arms( pistols & rifles). Thus the question then is: if these weapons are actully in these private collections and family decendants, such as his British Galland & Summerville double action English pistol; his 50-70 sporterised Model 1866 Springfield rifle; and his Remington rolling block rifle and also a Remington new model cal 44 cap & ball pistol and a pair of Smith & Wesson pistols ( all three, cased) and some others, what was he actually carrying during the battle, because those particular weapons would have been captured by the Indians after the battle when the Indians went in to loot & mutilate the bodies. Were any of his weapons ultimately retrieved from any of the Sioux and Cheyenne at a later date when the Indians finally capitulated later on? I rather doubt it, and if so, they wouldn't have been in such nice condition. Tom Custer was also presented one of those British pistols by the Brirish ambassador also, and it is in a private collection according to my books. Both English pistols were presented in wooden cases with all accessories too and the photos show them in the original cases, looking like new. Obviously then, neither George or Tom had these pistols in their personal possession at that time! Anyone out there have any suggestions or corrections to make, as I am now really baffled!