Auction 169, Lot 269

Complete Volume Featuring Reports & Maps from Maquire, Wheeler, Ludlow, and Ruffner

"Custer's Battle-Field (June 25th 1876) [bound in] Annual Report of the Chief of Engineers to the Secretary of War...Part III", Maguire, Lieut. Edward

Subject: Montana

Period: 1876 (published)

Publication: H.R. Ex. Doc. 1, 44th Congress, 2nd Session

Color: Black & White

17.3 x 15 inches
43.9 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. Maguire 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 6 page report accompanying the map (together as Appendix OO in the volume), 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.

Maquire's report is still bound into the complete 755 page Annual Report of the Chief of Engineers. There are a number of other notable reports in this volume including Wheeler’s report of the U.S. Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian (with numerous maps), Ludlow’s Reconnaissance to the Yellowstone (with 3 maps), and Ruffner’s reconnaissance in Colorado and New Mexico (with 1 map). Octavo, hardbound in brown cloth with gilt title on spine.

References: Wheat (TMW) #1266.

Condition: B+

Custer's map is clean, bright, and near fine (A). The other maps in the volume are very good to near fine with occasional light toning or a short binding tear. Text is very good with faint toning and a handful of pages have short edge tears. There is a bookplate of the Essex Institute on the front pastedown. Covers are lightly worn with bumped edges.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/12/2018