- War Department. The Adjutant General's Office. 3/4/1907-9/18/1947
- National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference
Before Army headquarters in Washington, DC, had received any official report on the battle, newspapers reported on July 6 that Custer had suffered some "disaster." Adjutant General E.D. Townsend sent this telegram to Chicago to obtain offical information on the action.