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#412 - George A. Custer

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Custer hand-customizes a bank check for a posh Nashville hotel

Exceedingly scarce First National Bank check, altered in Custer’s hand to become a Planters National Bank check, 8 x 3, filled out and signed by Custer, “G. A. Custer,” payable to Cash J. H. Fullton & Co. for $450.00, October 5, 1872. Besides changing the name of the bank on the check, Custer also changed the address to “Louisville, Ky,” and crossed out the printed “bearer,” changing it to “order.” In very good condition, with missing lower right corner tip, several spots of light toning, punch hole to top left and slight show-through from endorsements on the reverse, touching the beginning of the signature. J.H. Fullton was the manager of Maxwell House, a leading hotel in Nashville—about 130 miles from where Custer’s 7th US Cavalry was stationed at the time. Making camp at Taylor Barracks in Elizabethtown, the 7th was busy monitoring activities of the Ku Klux Klan, fighting bushwhackers, and shutting down illegal distilleries. This is just one of only a scant handful of checks we have offered, and the first with such customizations by the legendary general. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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