Roe, Charles F.

Cavalry officer, his troop the 1st to arrive at the Little Bighorn after Custer's force was massacred, wrote later graphic description

Price: $75.00

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(1848-19?) USMA 1868, served with the 2nd US Cavalry in Montana, the Dakotas and Washington until 1888 when he resigned and moved to New York. 2nd Lt. Roe commanded Company F, 2nd Cavalry of Gibbons Montana column. He was one of the first officers to take the field after the Battle of the Little Bighorn and assess the damage inflicted on the 7th Cavalry after the massacre of Custer and his men. He pursued the Indians along their retreat line after the battle. He was in charge of the placement of the 18 ton granite monument on the battlefield in July 1881. He wrote a short but quite graphic account of what he saw in "A Second Cavalry Lieutenant's account of the condition of the Little Bighorn Battlefield", a March 1910 article for "The Castle", a magazine devoted to the interests of the 22nd Regiment of the New York National Guard. He organized Troop A, later Squadron A, a cavalry troop for the New York State militia. In 1898, upon reorganization of the National Guard, he was appointed Major General by Governor Frank Black. In 1898 he was made Major General US Vols., retiring in 1912. Signed 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card

Condition: Very good, slight toningat right and bottom edges
Type:Signed card






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