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Re: little John's auction on

Posted by Keogh on Friday, 28 October 2011, at 10:29 p.m., in response to Re: little John's auction on, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 28 October 2011, at 11:15 a.m.

Dick, As an aside to your post to Frontier West, here are some facts regarding the "YELLOWSTONE' site as you call it. This took place Aug 11 1873 as part of the NPRR survey led by Stanley with Custer second in command. This fight took place across the river from the mouth of the Big Horn, and is better known as the Battle of the Big Horn.

The force totaled 810 cavalry and 317 infantry personell. The majority of Cavalry were armed with Sharps carbines although they had 32 experimental 1870 carbines. The Infantry had 1868 Springfields along with a few 1870 experimental rifles as well as a few 1871 experimental Ward-Burtons. Custer had a Remington and an officers model Springfield.

The location was found in 1964 by John Popovich. He took many historians to the site most notably John M Carroll et al. Perhaps Dr. Fenn was one of those. Starting in 1985 some controlled metal detector surveys were started by Dr. C.Vance Haynes, resulting in the recovery of over a thousand cartridge cases. They were IDed as to the rifle that had fired them ala the LBHB digs. Early on, now Dr. Rich Fox was involved. The recoveries are archived at the LBHNM.

While Dr Fenn was one of the recognized authorities as well as a collector of weapons of the IWs. His doctorate was as a Veterinarin. Am sure you know all of this, but many do not.


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