Custer statue?

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Was reading and came across a statue to Custer was erected at West Point, Libby objected to it and it was removed.

Does anyone know more details about it and fate of that statue?
 
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This is from a news article in the Bismark Times from March 4, 2012.

https://bismarcktribune.com/news/co...cle_7bca5882-64ba-11e1-8849-001871e3ce6c.html

Custer was interred at West Point in 1877 but an appointed committee could not raise enough funds for an equestrian statue to mark his grave. So in 1880 James Wilson MacDonald was hired to create an 8 foot bronze of Custer armed with a pistol and sword. As you say Libby objected to the finished image and convinced Robert Lincoln, secretary of war, to remove the statue in 1884. She also squashed plans for a copy of the statue to be erected in D.C. The statue went into storage at West Point until about 1900 when it was sent to Stanford White at an ornamental foundry in NYC who was to sever the statue to create a bust.

White was shot to death in a sex scandal that rocked the city in 1906. The whereabouts of the statue in now unknown.

Libby had an obelisk erected on the statue's pedestal at West Point.

Michigan appropriated $25K for an equestrian statue for Custer that was built in Monroe, MI in 1910.
 
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This is from a news article in the Bismark Times from March 4, 2012.

https://bismarcktribune.com/news/co...cle_7bca5882-64ba-11e1-8849-001871e3ce6c.html

Custer was interred at West Point in 1877 but an appointed committee could not raise enough funds for an equestrian statue to mark his grave. So in 1880 James Wilson MacDonald was hired to create an 8 foot bronze of Custer armed with a pistol and sword. As you say Libby objected to the finished image and convinced Robert Lincoln, secretary of war, to remove the statue in 1884. She also squashed plans for a copy of the statue to be erected in D.C. The statue went into storage at West Point until about 1900 when it was sent to Stanford White at an ornamental foundry in NYC who was to sever the statue to create a bust.

White was shot to death in a sex scandal that rocked the city in 1906. The whereabouts of the statue in now unknown.

Libby had an obelisk erected on the statue's pedestal at West Point.

Michigan appropriated $25K for an equestrian statue for Custer that was built in Monroe, MI in 1910.
Thank you.
 
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This has been discussed in threads previously and the statue pictured from old accounts - it was truly hideous and melodramatic and it's no wonder she wanted it removed.
Only seen two pics both old and grainy not showing face in much detail, but hideous seems kinda an overstatement, the body looks detailed.

Mounted generally always look better, but one gets whats paid for........little interest=little money= no horse :bounce:
 

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Only seen two pics both old and grainy not showing face in much detail, but hideous seems kinda an overstatement, the body looks detailed.
Agreed, the photo made it impossible to accurately judge the portraiture - it was the ungainly and melodramatic pose I was remembering.
 

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Speaking of Custer statues.....

The locals in Monroe, Michigan want to remove this statue from the city. It sits just east of the Monroe County Museum which contains the George Armstrong Custer section. @KLSDAD and I visited this city in 2017. We also visited the River Raisin National Battlefield, Fort Miamis and the Fallen Timbers Battlefield. I miss traveling with Chuck!

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