1872 DS by Maj. George W. Schofield, famous gun designer who committed suicide.
Famous for designing the "Schofield Revolver" (.45 caliber Smith & Wesson), Schofield committed suicide with one of these pistols at Fort Apache, Arizona in 1882.
1872 document signed as Major in the 10 US Cavalry.
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the out break of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 1st Missouri Volunteer Infantry, in November 1861, serving with his brother John who was already a Major. He was at the Siege of Vicksburg Tennessee, as a Captain in Company A, 1st Missouri Light Artillery and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in the 2nd Regiment Missouri Volunteer Light Artillery. In command of the 2nd, he was in the campaigns of Georgia and was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on January 26, 1865. After the war he remained in the Regular Army as a Major in the 10th Cavalry formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1866. Serving on the Western Frontier, he participated in campaigns against the Cheyennes, Arapahos and Comanches. In 1879, he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in the 6th Cavalry and was at the Battle of Cibicu, during the Apache Wars. His last duty was as post commander of Fort Apache, Arizona. The .45 caliber Smith & Wesson Schofield Revolver was named for him in 1875...George Schofield, however, must have succumbed to the isolation of the Arizona wilds after the passing of his young wife in 1879; at Camp Apache, near Whiteriver, Arizona, he committed suicide (reportedly using one of his Schofield revolvers).