Grant Romer examined this cased image tintype together with Michael Hager of Museum Photographics. They agreed that the housing was likely not original. Rather, they suggested that the original housing was probably of cardboard.
Attached to the backing of the plate is the printed form of what appears to be a photography studio in Bangor, Maine, strongly suggesting that the tintype was made at this studio in Bangor, Maine.
I contacted several historians in Bangor, and asked them if they were aware of a visit, to Bangor, of George Armstrong Custer. Neither was aware of such a visit. However, both gentlemen told me that one of Custer’s troopers was from the area.
The tintypist was superb.
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“There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry”
George Armstrong Custer