Lot 368

G. Custer Envelope, With “Genl Custer” Signature as Addressed to his Wife, “Mrs Genl Custer”

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G. Custer Envelope, With “Genl Custer” Signature as Addressed to his Wife, “Mrs Genl Custer”

Estimate: $500 - $600

Current Bid: $450

(8 Bids)

August 17, 2022 10:30 AM EDT
Live Auction
Wilton, CT, US


G. Custer Envelope, With “Genl Custer” Signature as Addressed to his Wife, “Mrs Genl Custer”

General George A. Custer (1839-1876) signed envelope, as addressed to his wife "Mrs Genl Custer / Fort Leavenworth / Kas." Postmarked "Kansas / May 20" with 3-cent postage stamp. Measures approximately 5.25" x 3.125". Opening tear at right edge; soiling; ink smudging to a few letters; else, very good condition.

In the summer of 1867, Custer was arrested and suspended at Fort Leavenworth until August 1868, for being AWOL, after having abandoned his post to see his wife. Custer's commanding officer Major General Philip A. Sheridan (1831-1888) gave Custer his rooms at Fort Leavenworth for use during his incarceration. At the request of Sheridan, who wanted him for his planned winter campaign against the Cheyenne, he was allowed to return to duty before his one year term of suspension had expired, Custer then went on frontier duty, scouting in Kansas and Indian Territory. 

Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842-1933) was an American author and public speaker, and the wife of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer, United States Army. She spent most of their marriage in relative proximity to him despite his numerous military campaigns in the Civil War and subsequent postings on the Great Plains as a commanding officer in the United States Cavalry. Elizabeth "Libby" Custer and her husband George had a loving but tumultuous relationship. After the General's death, Elizabeth remained utterly devoted to her husband and never remarried.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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