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Title Papers [manuscript]: 1873-1886 (bulk 1882-1886)
Author McNary, Oliver Clarkson
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Printed and handwritten army orders, 1882-1886, and letters written by O.C. McNary during 1885 from Indian Territory to his family in Kansas and Pennsylvania. From Camp Russel, Fort Reno, and a camp at Skelton Ranch, McNary’s correspondence documents his trips via ambulance and mules throughout the Indian Territory. He describes road conditions, the Ponca and Oto agencies and Indians, a prairie fire, a visit with friends in Arkansas City, and the murder of a Chickasaw Indian by outlaws at Silver City. Letters also discuss Cheyenne Indian troubles at the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agency near Fort Reno, the crookedness of the agent there (D.B. Dyer), the resulting inspection trip by Gen. Sheridan, and McNary’s part in arrangements for the general’s visit. Additionally, there are letters (1885-1886) regarding McNary’s application for a surgeon’s position at the National Home for Disabled Volunteers in Fort Leavenworth and other miscellany.
Names Dyer, Daniel Burns (1849-1912); Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888)
Places Indian Territory, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort Reno, Oklahoma, United States
Keywords disability, army, military, armed forces, Office of Indian Affairs, directive, prison, government, travel, murder, hostility, Indian Territory
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Army contract surgeon. Son of O.R. McNary, a justice of the peace originally from Pennsylvania, Oliver Clarkson McNary served as acting assistant surgeon at the hospital of the United States Military Prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1882-1884. He was then transferred to Fort Reno, Indian Territory, where he served until his June 18, 1886, discharge, which was part of a general reduction of the number of contract surgeons in the army.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3128
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue