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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

 


 
 

Post-Script Thoughts–October 28, 2017

 

George Armstrong Custer

His battlefield exploits were of such intrepid valor, and, most critically, victory, he was propelled to Major General rank a mere four years after graduating West Point, a meteoric advancement eclipsing even that of Napoleon. Sometimes referred to as the “boy General”, it was an accepted likelihood that he would be a candidate for the presidency. His mistaken decision to pursue and annihilate an Indian force, continuing the United States genocide of this now essentially extinct race, cost him his life at a place called Little Big Horn.