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Title Letter [manuscript]: Headquarters Department of the Missouri, Fort Leavenworth, Kas., to General Duncan S. Walker, Washington, D.C., 1867 Aug. 4
Author Hancock, Winfield Scott (1824-1886)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: August 4, 1867, letter from Hancock to Gen. Duncan S. Walker, then a Washington, D.C., editor, defending his actions during the Kansas campaign against charges levelled by the commissioner of Indian affairs. Hancock claims that his order to burn the Pawnee Forks Cheyenne-Sioux village was retribution for prior Indian attacks, which he lists, rather than the cause of the Indian wars raging on the plains that summer. Hancock also accuses Indian agents Wynkoop and Leavenworth of collusion with trading interests, charges that the commissioner of Indian affairs knows little about Indians, and complains that the upcoming Indian peace commission would not adequately represent military interests. Supporting documents and exhibits mentioned by Hancock are lacking.
Names Walker, Duncan Stephen; Leavenworth, Jesse H. (1807-1885); Wynkoop, Edward Wanshear (b.1836)
Places Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Keywords armed forces, army, attack, government, war, government relations, Indian War, Indian agent, commissioner, trade, soldiers, Indian Policy, corruption
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Commander of the Military Department of the Missouri, Aug., 1866-Aug., 1867, and leader of a controversial Mar. 22-May 9, 1967, military expedition from Fort Dodge to Fort Riley, Kansas. The object of this expedition was to meet with the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, and other tribes, and to maintain peace in the region by displaying U.S. military power.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 357
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue