Dueling Pistols; Evelyn Nesbit Portrait; Little Big Horn Bayonet


Episode Info

Questions for the detectives involve an 1859 duel over slavery, a portrait of a young woman by a renowned early-20th-century illustrator and a bayonet that might have been at Custer's Last Stand. The duel was fought between two prominent Californians and its outcome (the antislavery proponent lost) could have figured in the Golden State's decision to remain in the Union. The portrait's owner suspects that the woman depicted is Evelyn Nesbitt, "the first supermodel of the 20th century." And the bayonet belonged to Gen. Edward Godfrey, who was a private in the Civil War and volunteered for duty in World War I, when he was in his 70s.