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Title Papers, 1867-1878
Author Davis, Jefferson Columbus (1828-1879)
Document Type Correspondence; Diary; Newspaper
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Original journals, correspondence, photographs, engravings, newsclippings, together with some typed copies, documenting Davis’ tenure as military governor of Alaska, 1867-1870, and his and his wife’s tour of Mexico in 1878. Alaskan materials include: 1867 orders and instructions issued by Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, Sec. of State William H. Seward, and Asst. Adj. Gen. E.D. Townsend; correspondence and a journal written by Davis and his wife, describing the Russian cession ceremony, Sitka, daily life, and trips to tribal settlements, 1867-1870; an 1872 explanation of Davis’ treaty-mandated takeover of Russian Fur Company property; correspondence from Robert N. Scott, a senior aide of Halleck’s in San Francisco, commenting on military appointments, congressional funding, presidential impeachment proceedings, and Davis’ handling of an 1869 incident involving a Chilkat chief; a copy of the first issue of the Sitka times (issued in ms., Sept. 19, 1868); and photographs (Metropolitan Veniaminov, Sir John Franklin, Prince Maksutov, etc.), engravings, and administrative correspondence. Mexican-related items include Mrs. Davis’ 1878 diary containing detailed descriptions of an Ohio and Mississippi River steamboat passage, New Orleans, and Mexico City; and signed photographs of President and Mrs. Porfirio Diaz, whom the Davis’ visited.
Names Davis, Marietta A.; Díaz, Porfirio (1830-1915); Díaz, Delfina Ortega y Reyes de; Franklin, John, Sir (1786-1847); Halleck, Henry Wager (1815-1872); Innokentii?, Saint (1797-1879); Maksutov, Dmitrii? Petrovich (1832-1889); Scott, Robert Nicholson (1838-1887); Seward, William Henry (1801-1872); Townsend, Edward Davis (1817-1893)
Places Alaska, Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; Mexico City, Mexico
Keywords army, military, armed forces, government, government relations, politics, travel, soldiers
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Trade and Indian Economies
Additional Information Career army officer. Born in Clark County (Ind.), Davis enlisted during the Mexican War and by late 1861 was brigadier general of volunteers. Although he commanded divisions throughout the Civil War, his career stalled in 1862 after he shot and killed his superior officer. In 1866, Davis was mustered out of volunteer service and appointed colonel of the 23rd Infantry. On Sept. 6, 1867, he assumed command of the new Military District of Alaska and served at Sitka until 1870 as both military governor and Indian superintendent. In 1878, Davis embarked with his wife, the former Marietta Woodson Athon, on a quasi-official tour of Mexico City.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3057
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue