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Collection Reference Number GLC03005
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865-1929 
Title Annual Report to Secretary of War Robert Lincoln from Commanding General William T. Sherman
Date 3 November 1881
Author Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description Sherman's working copy of his annual report for 1881. Sherman enumerates and sums up the reports of various generals. He updates Lincoln on Indian affairs, " ... no serious Indian or other war has occurred but great progress has been Made in collecting and locating Indians hitherto hostile on their proper Reservations. Sitting Bull and his adherents who had fled into British Territory, are now held at Fort Randall Dakota as prisoners of War ... " He also emphasizes the need for military education; because it has been the practice of the U.S. to maintain a small army, the volunteer militia must be kept up to date enough to be called up on short notice. " ... and as the Science of War is progressive we must keep pace with it, so as to import to the Volunteer Militia on the Shortest Notice all that is Known of the Art & Practice of War up to the Moment of Execution..." This is apparently Sherman's working copy, signed "W.T.S." Pages 3, 22 and 23 are missing from the 25 page report.
Subjects Prisoner of War  American Indian History  Military History  Union General  Government and Civics  Immigration and Migration  Canada  Militia  Education  
People Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)  Lincoln, Robert Todd (1843-1926)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Native Americans; Education; Government & Politics
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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