Press enter after choosing selection

A Relic Of The Custer Massacre

A Relic Of The Custer Massacre image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

Washington, Oct. 8.- A most interesting and curious incident has just occurred ín connection with the terrible story of the massacre of' Custer's command on the Little Big Horn on the 25th of June, I S76. Among the nfficers who feil on that dark day, t will be remetnbered, was a son ot General Critteoden, of tbc United States army. No traces were ever f'ound by lus sorrowing frienda of the personal offects of the gallant and unfortunate young Lieutenant Crittenden. Ha had returned frotn a trip to Europe not long before he went west upon the service in whioh he was. lest inod to tall, and among othertbings brought home by him from the old world was a handsotue and valuable gold watch ot' Knglinh make by wliich he set great store, !nd which he was known to have worn on the day when he met his deatli. A short titue agothe adjutant general of tlie army received a letter from a resident in the VVinnipeg country of Canada asking whetber any offioer beuring the name of Crittenden had taken part n the luckless expedition of Custer. The writer gave as bis reason for making the inquiry that he had purchased some lime ago from a halfbreed a gold watoh which the half breed told him he had obtained from one of the Sioux warriors who sought refuge in Canada after the massacre of the Little Big Horn. The watch bore no owner's name. The works had been trifled and tampered with after the manner of the savages by the Sioux from wliom it was procured, and who assurred the half-breed that hc hüd ulain the white brave to whom it belonged in the büttle with Custer's men. The writer of the letter fiaally purchased the watch for 13. On examining it, he found engraved in the case the name of the Liverpool maker and the number of the watch. Upon this he wrote a letter to the watchpoaker asking whether he could in any way identify the purchaser of the watch. The watchmaker promptly replied that he had sold more than four years ago a watch hearing the number cited by his Canadian correspondent to an American gentleman oaraed Crittenden, who, as his books jhowed, had at the same time bought a lady's watch as well. The kind and intelligent resident of Canada who had taken all these pains to trace the ownership of the waif so straogely brought to his door.s was rewarded by a prompt assurance that ;he watch undoubtedly belonged to Lieuenant Crittenden. and it was thereupon iiL"iediately forwarded to the war departuient, -n he haoded over to the representatives of o.. officer.


Ann Arbor Courier
Old News