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President Hayes appoints Indian Fighter Charles A. Booth as First Lieutenant in the 7th Infantry - Under Col. Gibbon's command, Booth had participated in the planned coordinated campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne during Custer's last stand at Little Big Horn
Washington, D.C., June 19, 1878. 15.5" x 19.25". "Partly Printed Document Signed ""R B Hayes"" as President and ""Geo. W. McCrary"" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 15.5"" x 19.25"". Washington, D.C., June 19, 1878. Completed in manuscript. On parchment. 2 inch diameter blind embossed blue ""War Office"" seal affixed at top left. Military vignettes at top center and across the lower portion. Folds. Light foxing. Fine condition.In part, ""Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Charles A. Booth I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint him First Lieutenant in the Seventh Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States...""Charles A. Booth, West Point Class of 1872, served on frontier duty in Montana from 1872-1876. As Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry, he served in the Sioux Expedition, March 17-October 6, 1876. Col. John Gibbon was in command of the 7th Infantry. In June 1876, Col. John Gibbon led a force, including the 7th Infantry, from the west, while Gen. Alfred Terry and Gen. George A. Custer came from the east. Gibbon, Gen. Crook, and Gen. Terry were to make a coordinated campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne, but Crook was driven back at the Battle of the Rosebud and Gibbon was not close by when Lt. Col. George A. Custer attacked a very large village on the banks of the Little Bighorn River. The Battle of the Little Bighorn (June 25-26, 1876) resulted in the deaths of Custer and some 261 of his men. Gibbon's approach on June 26th probably saved the lives of the several hundred men under the command of Major Marcus Reno who were still under siege. Col. Gibbon and his men, including Second Lieutenant Booth, had arrived the next day and helped to bury the dead and evacuate the wounded.After the appointment here offered, Booth continued to serve on frontier duty in Utah, Dakota Territory, Colorado, and Wyoming. He later took part in the expedition to Santiago de Cuba in the Spanish-American War (June - August, 1898), after which he was appointed Major of Infantry, 6th Infantry. Promoted to Colonel, 26th Infantry, in 1907, Booth joined the regiment, on duty at Cuartel de EspaƱa, Manila, Philippine Islands., March 1907 to June 1909."
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