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Title Letter [manuscript]: Executive Department, Little Rock Ark’s, to Major Genl. Scott, 1843 Oct. 28
Author Yell, Archibald (1797-1847)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter written by Gov. Archibald Yell to Major Gen. Winfield Scott, commander of the U.S. Army, regarding the unprotected state of the Arkansas frontier. Yell writes that "there are not less than 50,000 Warriors within striking distance and but the skeletons of two Infantry Regiments to keep them in check." In order to protect the western Arkansas frontier, Yell requests that the government provide additional military force from Fort Leavenworth to the Red River and that Fort Wayne, Oklahoma be regarrisoned, a post that was abandoned in 1842 by the War Department. He also requests that the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons be posted on the frontier.
Names Scott, Major General, Winfield (1786-1866)
Places Little Rock, Arkansas, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Wayne, Oklahoma, United States
Keywords military, fort, frontier, warrior, battle, armed forces, war
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast, Great Plains
Additional Information Second governor of Arkansas, Yell was raised in North Carolina and later moved to Tennessee where he served under Andrew Jackson in various Indian campaigns. In 1830 he moved to Arkansas to take charge of the Federal Land Office. Following two other political offices, Yell ran unopposed for the Governorship of Arkansas in 1840 and served one term. In 1845 he accepted the colonelcy of the 1st Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Mexican War. Yell was killed in the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22, 1847.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 29
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue