Indians Eating Calhoun's Cake
Acrylic on paper, 12" x 20" (image)m 20.25" x 27.25" (framed)
"Per his request, Lt. James Calhoun's wife, Margaret Emma Custer Calhoun, sent her husband a cake, apparently a large cake. Calhoun had announced that after the fight every officer would get a slice. She likely sent the cake by steamboat from Fort. Lincoln to the Powder River base camp as there seems to be no other way he could have received it. Instead of eating his cake while it was reasonably fresh, Lt. Calhoun either tied the cake to his saddle or had it packed on a mule. One way or another he brought it to the Little Bighorn so that he and his comrades might celebrate the defeat of Sitting Bull. However, no more is heard of Lt. Calhoun's cake. If it traveled on the pack train it may have been eaten by members of the Reno battalion during the two days that they were surrounded; but if he attached it to his saddle it must have vanished from the battlefield, which suggests that a party of Sioux or Cheyenne found something quite unexpected. The image of half a dozen warriors squatting around eating the lieutenant's cake is not easy to forget."