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Title Letters and speech [manuscript]: 1862-1870
Author Faulk, Andrew Jackson (1814-1898)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1862-1870, of A. J. Faulk, written chiefly during his 1867-1869 governorship of the Dakota Territory. Also, Dec., 1867, annual address to the territorial legislature. Gubernatorial correspondence with S. L. Spink, N. G. Taylor, P. H. Conger, W. T. Sherman, A. H. Terry, and other military officials mainly concerns the U.S. government’s intention to stop a proposed expedition to explore and settle unceded Black Hills Indian lands. Also discussed are the activities and report of the Indian Peace Commission, the mustering of volunteer cavalry, appropriations for the relief of destitute upper Missouri tribes, etc. Letters written to Faulk, 1862-1866, by former territorial governors William Jayne and Newton Edmunds concern the affairs of Faulk’s son-in-law, Walter A. Burleigh, and the post-Civil War growth and prosperity of Springfield, Ill. Among the many issues discussed in Faulk’s legislative address are the Black Hills, the Indian Peace Commission, and the future of the Indian.
Names Burleigh, Walter Atwood (1820-1896); Conger, Patrick Henry; Edmunds, Newton; Jayne, William (1826-1916); Rosecrans, William Starke (1819-1898); Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); Spink, Solomon Lewis (1831-1881); Taylor, Nathaniel Green (1819-1887); Terry, Alfred Howe (1827-1890); Austin, (?)H. I.; White, (?)Ashton; Graves, Charles; Chambers, Alexander; Mix, Charles E.; Campbell, General
Places Dakota Territory, Black Hills, Yankton, South Dakota, Wyoming, Springfield, Illinois, United States
Keywords governor, army, militia, government, government relations, expedition, settlement, land claim, white settlement, Manifest Destiny, speech, legislature, urban society, Indian Peace Commission
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Faulk was third governor of the Dakota Territory. A Democratic Pennsylvania newspaper owner and editor (1837-1841) and politician (1840-1860) turned Republican, Faulk was rewarded with an appointment from President Lincoln as trader (1861-1864) at the Yankton Reservation, the supply base for agency and military operations on the upper Missouri. Faulk returned to the Dakota Territory for a two-year term (1867-1869) as governor and superintendent of Indian affairs; while in office, he pushed for the settlement of the Black Hills and pursued a policy aimed at achieving peace with the Indians. Faulk remained in Yankton, serving in numerous local offices until his death in 1898.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3070
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue