2000b Archeological Investigations of Custer's June 23, 1876 Campsite, Rosebud County, Montana. Ms on file, Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE. Custers June 23rd campsite on Rosebud Creek is marked by a stone pyramid on the highway. The archeological team was granted access to this private land for inventory purposes. A few 1876 era artifacts, including buttons, a fired cartridge case, horse shoe nails, and a coffee tin were recovered providing some insight into the size and layout of the camp.
The 2000 archaeological investigation cited in my listing was published in the 2001 Archaeological Periodical in Nebraska, I use it as reference to show that horseshoe nails have been found near Rosebud Creek. My grandfather bought these nails from a local digger in Montana who would metal detect the battlefield and surrounding areas before it was designated a national landmark and preserve. Grandpa worked for the US Geological survey and was based in Billings, Montana for a large portion of his career. The nails are consistent with the type used by the US Army during the Indian Wars and have mineral deposits and patina consistent with being underground for many years.Authentic original General Custer artifact. Blacksmith mark is seen on some nails, some are unmarked. A magnificent patina is seen. Some signs of hammer forging. Good example of horseshoe nails used during the battle of little big horn.
Good luck and God bless! The item "1- Original Battle of Little Big Horn Artifact Horseshoe Nail General Custer" is in sale since Thursday, May 12, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "1stbrigade" and is located in Kingsport, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.