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Title Louis McLane Hamilton collection, 1867-1869
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Correspondence, extracts of reports, printed obituaries and resolutions, newspaper clippings, 1867-1869, possibly collected by Benson John Lossing, concerning the life of Capt. Louis McLane Hamilton and his death at the Battle of Washita. Includes correspondence of Philip Hamilton (father) to Lossing, and Robert Mayhew West (forwarding copy of 7th Cavalry resolution on Hamilton’s death to the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle); ms. extracts from Custer’s July 6, 1867, order praising Hamilton’s actions; printed obituaries from New York newspapers; a printed copy of the West letter and accompanying resolution; and a newspaper articles containing Custer’s report to Gen. W.T. Sherman on the battle.
Names Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876); Hamilton, Louis McLane (1844-1868); West, Robert Mayhew (d.1869)
Places Fort Supply, Oklahoma, Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Keywords armed forces, army, government, government relations, Indian War, Battle of Washita River, newspaper
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native; Louis McLane Hamilton was grandson of Alexander Hamilton; Civil War veteran; and captain, 1866-1868, in the 7th U.S. Cavalry led by Col. George Armstrong Custer. On Nov. 27, 1868, Hamilton was killed in the 7th’s encounter (Battle of Washita) with an encampment of Cheyenne near present-day Cheyenne, Okla.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 356
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue