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Re Relic LBH officers model

Posted by Scott Lundin on Sunday, 2 August 2020, at 6:11 a.m., in response to Relic LBH officers model, posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Monday, 20 July 2020, at 6:16 a.m.

Two things PDale T. Schoenberger stated in his book entitled End of Custer that Lt. George D. Wallace had a Springfield Officers Model at Little Big Horn, and I found this posting in a bit of a search for more on that. PCaptain Tom Custer had a Springfield Officers Model as well, though Im not 100 on whether he carried one at Little Big Horn. John Carroll, when working as a consultant on Son of the Morning Star, the Custer miniseries from the early 90s, apparently felt he had a Winchester, as the actor portraying TWC had one in the final battle. But apparently records exist showing that Tom Custer purchased an Officers Model. POther notable Springfield variants Colonel John Gibbon had one made with a pistol grip stock, not the detachable grip but a fixed one, years after the 1876 campaign. George Armstrong Custer previously carried a Springfield sporting rifle in .50 caliber, as is depicted in photos with the Grand Duke Alexis during their celebrated hunt. Custer also purchased one for quotLonesomequot Charley Reynolds, his favourite white scout. This is pictured in Richard C. Rattenburys book Hunting the American West. Custer later became enamored with the Remington Rolling Block, owning several and likely losing one at Little Big Horn, as both Sergeant John Ryan and Lieutanant John Carland saw his .50 caliber rifle brass under or next to his body on top of Last Stand Hill. Custers orderly, Private John H. Tuttle, was killed using Custers Springfield at the Battle of Pease Bottom, August 11, 1873. Tuttle was a fine shot and Custer loaned him his sporting rifle while he himself was using the Remington on that expedition. Tuttle was behind a tree and had dropped several warriors at distance, and other Indians put fire into his position and killed him.


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