Lot 736

Original Fort Assiniboine Hazeltine Photo c. 1900

Estimate: $300 - $600

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lot is a self-portrait photograph of L. S. Hazeltine, post photographer for the former Fort Assiniboine, a United States Army fort located in present-day north central Montana, southwest of present-day Havre, Montana. The fort was located within a massive military reservation stretching south to the Missouri River, north to the Milk River and containing the Bear's Paw Mountains. It encompassed 704,000 acres (1,100 sq. mi.) at its maximum extent in 1880. At its peak, it garrisoned more than 750 officers and enlisted men and their families. With 104 buildings, the fort was one of the largest ever built in the United States. Notable assigned personnel included the post-Civil War 10th Calvary Regiment, later known as the Buffalo Soldiers, a segregated African American US Army unit, and General "Blackjack" John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in WWI. The fort was operated by the US Army until 1911. Hazeltine was the official photographer of the fort and would have taken photos of the soldiers and local Sioux, Nez Perce, Chippewa and Cree people. Good condition photograph, bright and reflective of the photographic processes used during that era, 6.5"L x 3.75"W