Superb image of 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hubert Hodgson, killed in action at the Little Big Horn, June 25th, 1876.
1870 West Point graduation photograph of Hodgson, who was a personal favorite of George Custer. From Reno's report of the battle: "The fate of Second Lieutenant Ben Hodgson was very similar, although his death did not occur till after that noble fellow had distinguished himself by the most daring services. He was my adjutant and the last order he ever carried for me was to Captain French, telling him of the move I intended making. In delivering this order, Hodgson was hit by a ball, just below his Sabre belt. This wound would have eventually proved fatal, but the gallant fellow said nothing and rode in his place with the column. Just as he was crossing the river, his horse was killed under him and detaching himself from the animal Hodgson gained the opposite bank and tried to save himself by clinging to the stirrups of a passing soldier, but his strength was exhausted and weakened by his loss of blood, he fell back on the river bank and was killed by the nearest Indian.
After the fight, I searched for his body and I buried it on the hill, marking his grave as well as I could. It was found some months later by his friends who came from Philadelphia to take him home for burial. They found that his body had not been mutilated and that he was clothed as he had dressed himself on the morning of the ill-fated 25th of June...."
In fine condition with wear as shown in the scan. Image and mount measure 10" x 13."