POSSIBLY ONE OF A KIND-CUSTER ERA.
I have encountered jeweler made officer’s insignia from the Indian Wars era, and seldom at that, as I can count all of them on one hand with fingers left over. This is a copy of the 1872 Enlisted pattern crossed saber for the forage and campaign headgear. This 2nd Cavalry insignia even mimics the loose applied “swinging” company letter.
Cut from sheet brass and crudely fashioned this insignia is just slightly smaller than the issued counterpart being 2 1/2 inches compared to the 2 3/4 inch regulation pattern.
There have been a couple of small repairs, the largest to repair a break on one of the scabbards, but this was attended too in the period of use.
The 2nd Cavalry was on the Northern Plains for a long time. Once leaving the east, having been engaged heavily in the War of the Rebellion they went west in 1865 and began to garrison the posts that had been manned largely by Galvanized Yankees (Ex Confederates paroled to fight for the U.S. in the West). The 2nd was often garrisoned with the 18th U.S. Infantry (27th,36th Infantries created from the old 18th), and lost a large part of Co. C in the Fetterman Massacre in December of 1866.
Still on the plains in the 1870s through the 1880s the regiment saw many engagements against the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho, Nez Perce , etc. Two major fights came in the Custer era, The Battle of the Rosebud, which was part of the Sioux Campaign of 1876, and the year later tracking down the elusive Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.
From 1872 to 1876 Troop “D” participated (from a brief history of the 2nd) in these engagements, etc.
-Little Popo Agie River, Wyoming, July 1, 1875
-Tongue River, Wyo., June 9, 1876
-Rosebud River, Montana, June 17, 1876
-Head of the Tongue River, Mont. July 7, 1876
-Slim Buttes, Dakota, Sept. 9, 1876
Probably the only one available and certainly reeking of Western history!
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