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Lot of 20+, comprised of 12 bullets, 5 cartridge cases, 1 complete shell, 1 horse talus/tarsus, plus 2 maps, a 3pp notarized affidavit of provenance, and a letter (1+ pages, dated May 7, 1980) from James Hutchins to Norm Flayderman regarding the collection offered here.
From Mr. Hutchins' affidavit, each page notarized and signed by Mr. Hutchins:
I, James S. Hutchins….author of Boots and Saddles at the Little Bighorn (Ft. Collins, Colo.: Old Army Press, 1976) and other works relating to the equipage of the 7th U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 25-26 June 1876, and to US cavalry equipage in general, 1865-1890, do swear and affirm to the truth of the statements that follow, designated A to I inclusive.
A. A. I personally found all of the accompanying bullets marked 1 to 7 inclusive and 14 and 15, all of the accompanying empty cartridge cases marked 9 to 13 inclusive, and the accompanying complete cartridge marked 8, at or very close to the points indicated either on the accompanying map marked Map 1 and bearing my signature, being a copy of the US Geological Survey map of Custer Battlefield, Montana, or on the accompanying map marked Map 2 and bearing my signature, being a detailed map on the defensive position on the bluffs just east of the Little Bighorn River that was occupied by 7th Cavalry troops under Major Marcus A. Reno and Capt. Frederick W. Benteen during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 25-26 June 1876.
The listing continues with dates and circumstances of each find, and whether they were from cavalry or Indian guns, depending on caliber and what the 7th was issued. For example, B. ...The spherical bullet marked 3 was fired from a smoothbore gun in the hands of an Indian...
I. The accompanying portion of horse bone…marked 16, was found by my good friend, the late Ralph G. Cartwright, of Lead, So. Dakota, on Custer Battlefield in 1928 and by him given to me when we were at Custer Battlefield in August 1956.... [At that time Mr. Cartwright also showed Mr. Hutchins where he found the bone.]
The first map, the USGS map mentioned by Mr. Hutchins, (17.5 x 22 in.) has a manuscript note: Map 1 / The points marked 10 to 16 incl. on this map indicate the places where the accompanying bullets, cartridge cases, and horse bone numbered 10 to 16 incl., were found on Custer Battlefield as described in the accompanying statement. James Hutchins 1 May 1980.
The other map is on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper with the following: Map 2 / The area denoted in red and the points marked 8 and 9 indicate the places where the accompanying bullets, complete cartridge, and cartridge case, numbered 1 to 9 incl., were found by me as described in the accompanying statement. James S. Hutchins 7 May 1980.
Accompanied by additional envelope containing 3 bullets - 2 minies, one deformed, the other not, and one spherical - with a 3 x 5 in. card dated July 1957: Shells from Indian guns (center fire) and bullets from Reno-Benteen battlefield of the Custer engagement June 25-26 1876 at the Big Horn Montana purchased by me at the battlefield. (signed) R.H. Golden.
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