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Title Letter [manuscript]: [Kansas], to My Father [Abraham Lincoln], [1864 Feb.?]
Author Wanzopeah
Document Type Correspondence; Tribe Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Feb.?, 1864, letter from Wanzopeah to President Abraham Lincoln, asking that a member of his tribe, Eli Jebo [i.e. Geboe], be discharged from the 12th Kansas Volunteers. On the verso is a Mar. 4., 1864, endorsement written, signed and dated by Abraham Lincoln, ordering the discharge. Geboe, who had enlisted Aug. 23, 1862, was needed to care for his small child following the death of his wife, and also to help protect the band against the depredations of the Missouri Bushwhackers, Confederate guerilla raiders. Geboe was discharged per Special Order No. 125 on Mar. 4, 1864, the same day Lincoln ordered it done.
Names Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Geboe, Eli
Places Kansas, Washington, D.C., United States
Keywords US Civil War, President of the United States, armed forces, army, military, chief, government, government relations, war
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

Head chief of the western Miami Indians, also known as John Big Leg.

Endorsement in the hand of Abraham Lincoln on verso: Let this man be discharged, as . A. Lincoln March 4, 1864.

Note on verso: Eli Geboe Privt. Co. C. 12th Kansas Vols.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3188
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue