Letter, George A. Custer to Augusta Frary

April 25, 1876

A letter from George Armstrong Custer to his cousin Augusta Frary. Custer is staying at the Brunswick Hotel in New York City, and he details his recent trip up the East Coast from Washington, D.C. He notes that on the way, he stopped in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to view the grounds of the upcoming Centennial Exposition. He explains that his long-anticipated visit to Frary’s home in Albion, New York, must again be delayed, as he has been summoned to Washington as a witness in the impeachment trial of Secretary of War William Belknap. Custer discusses his urge to return to Fort Abraham Lincoln, on the Dakota frontier, where the United States Army is fighting Native Americans.

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