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Flag Likely from Custer’s Last Stand Housed in Pierre

Battle of Little Bighorn
25th June 1876: General Custer and Crazy Horse (centre couple) during the battle of the Little Big Horn between the US Army and Sioux Native Americans commanded by chief Crazy Horse. Custer had underestimated the size of the encampment and all his column were killed. Original Artwork: Painting by Feodor Fuchs Entitled Custer’s Last Charge (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A flag that might be a relic of one of the most famous battles of the Old West has found a resting place in Pierre.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the South Dakota State Historical Society has a guidon that most likely is from the Battle of the Little Bighorn, popularly known as Custer’s Last Stand. A guidon is a swallow-tailed flag carried by individual companies in a regiment.

Lt. Col. George Custer’s 7th Calvary regiment had 12 identical 33-by-27-inch silk guidons that were hand-stitched by a New York seamstress during the Civil War.

Author and re-enactor Bill Markley says the flags were used as formation markers or rallying points and it was part of a company’s pride to keep its guidon safe.

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