Hand-addressed mailing envelope during the Indian War
1870·Fort Harker, KS
by CUSTER, George Armstrong (1839 - 1876)
Fort Harker, KS, 1870. unbound. 3 x 5.25 inches, addressed by Custer to his wife, "Mrs. General Custer, Fort Riley, Kansas," bearing an affixed three-cent postage stamp, postmarked Fort Harker, Kansas, April 28th (1870). *The Kansas Historical Society reports that between May 3 - 15, 1870, General Custer and the remaining troops of the 7th Cavalry passed through Fort Harker on their way from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Hays, to engage the American Indians further west. Though they cannot pinpoint the exact dates it is possible that Custer arrived as early as the 28th of April (when this letter is postmarked) or had an advance party drop off this letter to be posted to his wife before his arrival. Whatever the circumstances, this was Custer's only documented appearance at Fort Harker (1870) and he left with the objective of pursuing the Indians in combat. Very good condition. United States Army officer and Cavalry Commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian conflicts. (Inventory #: 267954)
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