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Collection Reference Number GLC05731.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1870s 
Title 1873 Army Letters and Telegrams
Date 19 December 1873 - 28 December 1873
Author Thomas, W. N. (fl. 1873)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description The retained copy book record of army officers' letters and telegraphs concerning the affairs of the Twentieth Infantry. Discusses the removal of the Winnebago tribe of Indians, which is being hampered by white men who trade with the tribe, specifically a lawyer named Lee. To ease the removal the army has captured Indians in a series of raids, including a chief named Big Hawk and seventy three of his men. One letter asserts that the best time to launch a raid is during a feast. Also deals with rations for the troops. Most of the letters were composed by W. N. Thomas, with a signature at the bottom. It is possible that he wrote and signed these copies himself, since those letters from other men are written in different hands, making it possible that these men were putting his own entries into the book and signing them. Also contains letters from E. T. Hunt, Alfred H. Terry, H.G. Thomas, W. H. H. Cash, and J. S. Stafford.
Subjects Military History  Letterbook  American Indian History  Infantry  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Military Provisions  Prisoner of War  Prisoner    
People Thomas, W. N. (fl. 1873)  
Place written Sparta, Wisconsin
Theme Government & Politics; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945