Partly-printed DS , signed “G. A. Custer, Maj Genl,” two pages, one 9.75 x 11.75 and one 9.75 x 15.75, November 1865. Document headed at the top, “List of Quartermasters Stores, expended in the Public Service, at Indianola, Texas, under the direction of Captain Leander A. Poore, asst Quartermaster, in the month of November 1865.” A detailed list of the used articles and their applications follows including two different stores of coal for “Fuel for Steamer ‘Prince Albert,’” and “Fuel for Steamer ‘Mustang’ and ‘Santa Marta’ in Matagorda Bay,” Square lumber for “Boat-ways, Cattle pens, Wharf and Miscellaneous repairs,” locks and keys, chalk, lime, iron, leather, coal oil, and lamp wicks. Signed at the bottom of the second page by Custer. Very nicely double-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Custer and a small plaque to an overall size of 24.5 x 23.75. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and a slight brush to signature.
Following Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, due in large part to Custer’s admirable service, Custer was given command of the 2nd Division of Cavalry and ordered to begin his march to Texas as part of the Union occupation forces. Becoming Chief of Cavalry for the Department of Texas in October, he struggled to gain control of his volunteer regiments, who had hoped to be mustered out following the war. Though they were finally replaced by the regulars of the US 6th Cavalry Regiment in November of 1865, the same time this document was signed, Custer welcomed his own release three months later, taking an extended leave to explore a possible career in the growing railroad and mining industries. A handsomely signed document from the Civil War hero’s frustrating post-war days in Texas. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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