Thomas McDougall - Letter Signed - Sent to Wife - Battle Little Bighorn Survivor
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As indicated in the letter, Spartanburg was a long distance from McDougall’s current location and the Advent Church was known for its Gothic Revival architecture. BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN.
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Additional Product InformationBATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN. Thomas McDougall (1845-1909) commanded the pack train supporting General George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. He joined the Marcus Reno and Frederick Benteen defensive position after Custer and his men were wiped out. McDougall went on to serve in the Indian Wars until 1890 and commanded part of the escorting troops when Chief Joseph and his family surrendered.
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY THOMAS MCDOUGALL TO HIS WIFE, COMMANDED GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER’S PACK TRAIN DURING THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN.
Autograph letter signed by Thomas “Tom” McDougall to his soon-to-be wife “precious one” reflecting on his traveling to and thoughts on the location for their upcoming wedding: “I had a rough time last night riding through the rain, I charged into this town...I am pleased with the town on account of its ancient looks, had church for my primes...loving you more than ever and pray my little dear is happy”. McDougall was stationed in South Carolina with the 7th Cavalry Regiment in late 1870 to deal with problems brought about by the Ku Klux Klan. On May 21, 1872, two days after sending this letter and four years before the Battle of Little Bighorn, he would marry his wife at the Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC. As indicated in the letter, Spartanburg was a long distance from McDougall’s current location and the Advent Church was known for its Gothic Revival architecture.
TWO DAYS BEFORE HIS WEDDING AND FOUR YEARS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN, MCDOUGALL REFLECTS ON HIS TRAVELING TO AND THOUGHTS ON THE LOCATION FOR HIS UPCOMING WEDDING IN SPARTANBURG, SC.
The letter is two pages on a single leaf, created on [May 19, 1872] in Laurens, SC, measures octavo, in overall fine condition, accompanied with a copy of McDougall’s marriage certificate, and originally from the collection Glenwood J. Swanson, a well-known Indian Wars historian, collector, and author, and McDougall is referenced on page 260 in Swanson’s book G.A. Custer: His Life and Times. We were only able to locate three other letters from McDougall in private hands and one sold for $3,480 at Brunk Auctions in September 2005.
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