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PROPOSING ESSAYS ON "MY LATE WINTER CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE INDIANS" CUSTER, GEORGE ARMSTRONG. Autograph Letter Signed, "G.A. Custer / Bt Maj Genl / U.S.A.," to New York Citizen Editor Robert Barnhill Roosevelt, proposing a series of articles depicting his experiences during the winter of 1868 [the Battle of Washita River took place on November 27, 1868], mentioning his contributions to The Turf, Field and Farm, and requesting terms. 2 1/4 pages, 4to, folded sheet, ruled paper; small hole at upper left of terminal page (without loss to text), slight fading to extreme left margin of first page, remnants of prior mounting on terminal page along right edge, folds. "Fort Hays" [Hays, KS], 15 August 1869
"During the coming winter, the usual season of idleness for my branch of the military service, I propose preparing short sketches, from time to time, relating to border life upon the plains in which will be mingled the prominent causes, incidents and results of my late winter campaign against the Indians. While all statements relating to the latter will be based upon fact and will possess historical interest, the sketches will be varied with camp scenes, amusing occurrences, and particularly with descriptions of 'Field sports' on the plains--hunting the buffalo, antelope, wolf, deer, and other various kinds of game found during our marches. . . . About eighteen months ago, I furnished hastily prepared communications for the Turf Field & Farm which appeared over the nom de plume of 'Nomad.' The above is the only proposition I have made this season upon this subject. . . ."