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Title Letters [manuscript]: New Orleans, [La.], and San Antonio, Stockton, Jefferson, and Ft. Davis, Tex., to Thomas D. Smith, Muscatine, Iowa, 1867-1870.
Author Hatch, Edward (1832-1889)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Nine letters, 1867-1870, from Hatch to his friend, Muscatine insurance and real estate agent, Thomas D. Smith, regarding the activities of his regiment in Texas and the sale of his Muscatine, Iowa, properties. Letters discuss the training of troops, the protection of wagon roads from Indian attacks, skirmishes with Comanche, Kiowa, Mescalero, Apache, and Kickapoo bands, a trip to Chihuahua, Mexico, army reductions, and Hatch’s presidency of court martials and military tribunals.
Names Smith, Thomas D.
Places New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Stockton, Jefferson, Fort Davis, Texas, Muscatine, Iowa, United States; Chihuahua, Mexico
Keywords army, property, financial transactions, money, attack, wagon train, hostility, court, battle, fort
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southwest, Great Plains
Additional Information A soldier, born in Bangor, Me., and educated in Norwich, Vt., Edward Hatch emigrated c. 1852 to Muscatine, Iowa, where he operated a lumberyard (Hatch & Fullerton). After serving with distinction in the Civil War, Hatch on July 28, 1866, was commissioned colonel of one of two new black cavalry regiments, the 9th U.S. Cavalry. He commanded the regiment for twenty-three years, serving nine years on the Texas frontier, before assuming command of the Department of New Mexico (1876-1881). He died at Fort Robinson, Neb., Apr. 11, 1889.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3087
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue