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(Newspaper article from Custer clipping file; only citation reads Monroe 1877)

The remains of Boston Custer and Harry Armstrong Reed who fell in the ensanguined field of the Little Horn, in Gen. Custer's last bloody fight with the Indians on the 25th of June 1876, reached this city last Tuesday morning, in the charge of Mr. David Reed, who had gone to Chicago to meet them. The remains ere taken from the train at Washington Street, where a procession of the relatives and friends was formed, and the remains were conveyed at once to the cemetery where appropriate burial service was had, conducted by Rev. W.H. Shier assisted by Rev. D. Casler.

The following named young men acted as pall bearers for Boston Custer: James Kellie, Frank Hammond, Mason A. Noble, Joe C. Sterling, James F. Frank, and Frank D. Hamilton.

And the following acted for Auttie Reed: Ed. C. Chapman, George L. Little, George W. Godfroy, Will. Ilgenfritz, Walter C. Curtis, and Harry J. Paxton.

It will be a comfort not only to the relatives, but to the many friends of these brave boys, to know that their remains are finally at rest in our Woodlawn Cemetery, where the mounds of earth which cover them may be adorned with the tributes of affection.

It was expected by the relatives, that the remains of Boston Custer and Autie Reed would be brought home at the time of the removal of the officers, but the Sec. Of War refused to authorize the bringing away of any but commissioned officers- and it was through the kindness of friends that this last sad wish was gratified. Through the instrumentality of Lieut. F.S. Calhoun and Mr. F.D. Yates, Mr. Brown, father-in-law of Mr. Yates, took charge of the removal of the remains from the battlefield and brought them by means of transportation belonging to Mr. Yates, to Cheyenne, WY., and from that point, shipped them express to Chicago, where they were received and taken charge of and accompanied to this place by Mr. Geo. Chase, Sec.to Supt.of L.S.& M.S.R.R. Mr. F.D. Yates is a brother of Captain Yates, and Lieut. F.S. Calhoun, a brother of Lieut. James Calhoun, who fell with Custer.

The families of Mr. Custer and Mr. Reed feel under lasting obligations to the friends who have so kindly interested and exerted themselves in this matter, among whom are Col. R.P. Hughes of General Terry's staff, Mr. F.D. Yates, Mr. Brown, Mr. Geo. Chase and Lieut. F.S. Calhoun.

(Newspaper article from Custer clipping file; only citation reads Monroe 1877)

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