Auction 114, Lot 247

"Custer's Battle-field (June 25th 1876) Surveyed and Drawn Under the personal supervision of Lieut. Edward Maguire Corps of Engineers U.S.A. by Sergeant Charles Becker…", Maguire, Lieut. Edward

Subject: Montana

Period: 1876 (dated)

Publication: Annual Report of Lieutenant Edward Maguire, Corps of Engineers…

Color: Black & White

17.5 x 15 inches
44.5 x 38.1 cm

An excellent terrain map of the scene of Custer's defeat that was made shortly after the infamous massacre of the 7th Cavalry. Macquire was attached to a column that came to Reno's rescue and upon departure of the hostile Indians he proceeded to the scene of the disaster. Drawn by Sergeant Charles Becker, the map details the area, locates the graves of 12 fallen soldiers and officers, including Lt. Col. Custer. Locates the Indian Village, the course of the Little Big Horn River, Reno's skirmish line and much more of interest. In his report (not included in this lot) Maguire's comments are most elucidating on several levels, including "The Indians are the best irregular cavalry in the world, and are superior in horsemanship and marksmanship to our soldiers, besides being better armed…" A remarkable map of a most historic event.

References: Wheat (TMW) #1266.

Condition: B

Folding, as issued. Two long tears, nearly invisibly closed on verso, else very good to fine.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/1/2006