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Title A meeting of the officers of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry was held... to take into consideration the untimely death of Captain Louis M. Hamilton... who was killed in the battle of Washita…
Author United States. Army. Cavalry, 7th
Date
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Resolutions honoring Battle of Washita casualty, Capt. Louis M. Hamilton, passed Dec. 4, 1868, at a meeting of the officers of the Seventh Cavalry, held on the Canadian River in Indian Territory (probably at Camp Supply). George Armstong Custer, who signed the resolutions, presided over the meeting and Robert Mayhew West served as its secretary. Noted are "the respect and estimation in which the deceased was held," and the fact that Hamilton’s grandfather, Alexander Hamilton, had also served his country with honor and devotion. Copies of the resolution were directed to be sent to Hamilton’s relatives, the Army and Navy journal, and the Daily Eagle (Poughkeepsie, N.Y., newspaper).
Names Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876); Hamilton, Louis McLane (1844-1868); West, Robert Mayhew (d.1869)
Places Washita River, Canadian River, Oklahoma, United States
Keywords Battle of Washita River, battle, war, army, armed forces, attack, Indian War
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information

FULL TITLE: A meeting of the officers of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry was held... to take into consideration the untimely death of Captain Louis M. Hamilton... who was killed in the battle of Washita... [manuscript]: Canadian River, Indian Territory: resolution, 1868 Dec. 4

Led by George Armstrong Custer, the Seventh Cavalry surprised an encampment of Cheyenne near present-day Cheyenne, Okla., on Nov. 27, 1868. Known as the Battle of Washita, the conflict resulted in few cavalry casualties; among them was Capt. Louis M. Hamilton, who was killed as the attack commenced.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 208
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue