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Title Family papers [manuscript]
Author Barstow, Charles H. (d.1908)
Document Type Correspondence; Newspaper; Scrapbook
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Mainly correspondence, 1875-1891, written by C.H. Barstow at the Crow Agency, to his sister, Eliza, and brother, Rogers L. Barstow, in Massachusetts. Also several letters from Barstow’s wife to his sister and brother, miscellaneous correspondence of Rogers Barstow, other family members, and friends, and a Nov. 10, 1887 issue of The Montana Stock Gazette, reporting a skirmish at the agency between the Crow Indian followers of Sword Bearer (also known as Chees ta pah) and the U.S. army. Subjects covered in C.H. Barstow’s letters include the observance of the tenth anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn and a visit by battle participant F.W. Benteen; Barstow’s heavy workload; arson attempts at the agency’s Rosebud location prior to its 1884 move to the Little Big Horn Valley; Indian Service politics and officials, agency appointments, and Barstow’s own job problems; his marriage to Lizzie, her illness and death, and the care of their child; and legal transfers of Kansas farm property.
Names Benteen, Frederick William (1834-1898); Barstow, Eliza; Barstow, Rogers L.; Sword Bearer [Chees ta pah]; Barstow, Lizzie Chandler; Russell, H. A.
Places Rosebud, Montana, United States
Keywords Office of Indian Affairs, frontier, pioneer, Battle of the Little Bighorn, agent, newspaper, armed forces, battle, politics, health, death, landowner, land tenure, farming, family life
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Barstow was a United States Indian Service employee. Stationed at the Crow Agency, Montana Territory, C.H. (or Charlie) Barstow, originally from Mattapoisett, Mass., served at the agency from Dec. 7, 1878, through at least 1891. A clerk until 1885 when he and the agent were forced to resign, Barstow was reinstated as an issue clerk and allowed to remain at the post. Barstow married Lizzie (or Libbie) Chandler, whose family also resided at the Crow Agency. She died in 1891, leaving a daughter, and Barstow died in 1908 in Billings, Montana.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3014
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue