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Title Papers [manuscript]: 1841-1888 (bulk 1859-1865) [Folders 5 to 6]
Author Johnson, Charles Buck
Date
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: [Folders 5 to 6] Correspondence, agreements, orders, accounts, reports, returns, receipts, etc., dating mainly from 1859 through 1865, concerning the work of Charles B. Johnson as C.S.A. quartermaster’s agent and of Johnson and Grimes as U.S. and C.S.A. contract provisioners to the leased district Indians of the Wichita Agency and also to the Seminole and Osage tribes in northern Texas, Arkansas, and Indian Territory. Also some personal and business documents of Johnson, and of Johnson and Grimes, dating from 1841. Letters, which also contain local news, and war news and rumors, are chiefly from business partner Matthew Grimes. Other correspondents and Indian and military officials of the C.S.A. Trans-Mississippi Dept. with whom Johnson dealt include Elias Rector, William M. Quesenbury, A.S. Cabell, J.J. Sturm, Matthew Leeper, D.H. Cooper, Thomas Lanigan, John Shirley, and Hickory Rogers.
Keywords Confederacy (CSA), US Civil War, government, government relations, business, Indian Agency, military, food rations, commissioner, Office of Indian Affairs
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
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Military and Indian provision contractor and quartermaster’s agent. Residing during the 1840s at Fort Smith, Ark., and moving ca. 1860 to Sherman, Tex., Johnson and his business partner, Marshall Grimes (Johnson and Grimes) contracted with the U.S. in 1859 to provide subsistence to the Indians of the Wichita Agency. From 1861 until his resignation in Feb., 1863, Johnson acted as C.S.A. quartermaster’s agent in Sherman, Tex., and obtained supplies for the Confederate army and the Wichita Agency Indians. In Dec., 1863, Johnson and Grimes entered into another contract with the C.S.A. to deliver daily rations to the Wichita Reserve Indians and the Osages and Seminoles. Claiming that his provisioning activities preserved peace among the Indians of the Old Southwest, Johnson in 1866 sought reimbursement from the U.S. commissioner of Indian affairs.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 449
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue