November 06, 1866
Frederick Benteen Takes the Oath of Office as Captain in the 7th Cavalry
Here Benteen steps into history, taking the Oath of Office as Captain in the 7th Cavalry. Whether, at the Battle of Little Bighorn, he was the cause of Custer’s annihilation, or merely slow, or misinformed, or guilty only of following (Major Reno’s) orders, is arguable. But had he not signed this piece of paper, no one alive today would even know his name.
Document Signed (“Frederick. W. Benteen, Captain 7th U.S. Cavalry”), partially printed and accomplished in manuscript; 1 page, quarto, Superior Court, Atlanta, Georgia, November 6, 1866.