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Super rare unpublished original vintage 1861 ambrotype photograph, taken from-life and guaranteed to be unique and a one-of-a-kind item. Taken of George Armstrong Custer as a graduating cadet at West Point. This is the only known hard-case image of Custer in private hands, with the other 3 being in major institutions (2 in the Smithsonian). This photograph was declared by Mark Katz, author of Custer in Photographs, as the greatest photograph of General Custer ever discovered. Katz has requested to publish this image in his upcoming book. It is in a sealed snap case with a brass clasp; inscribed and dated on the paper lining.

The notations on the paper lining read, "2nd Lieut. G. A. Custer, 2nd Regt. Cavalry U. S. A., Washington, D. C.," "Picture taken at Buffalo, N. Y., June 1861, while a Cadet at the Military Academy West Point N. Y.," and "Cadet G. A. Custer U. S. C. C., U. S. M. A." The date would indicate that this photograph was taken just before his graduation on June 24th, approximately one month prior to his joining his troops in Virginia at the start of the Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War. It has been suggested that the uniform he is wearing is his summer furlough uniform. Within four years, Custer, once 34th in his graduating class of 34, had been promoted to Major General of volunteers. $115,000.00