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Custer's Funeral at West Point

Custer's Funeral at West Point

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Custer was buried on the battlefield near the Little Bighorn, but in the following year his remains were removed and transferred back to the east. On October 10, 1877, he was given an elaborate funeral at the US Military Academy at West Point.

The funeral of Custer was a scene of national mourning, and illustrated magazines published engravings showing the martial ceremonies. In this engraving, the riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups, signifying a fallen leader, follows the gun carriage bearing Custer's flag-draped coffin.

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