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Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) to "my darling wife and children"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05201.006 Author/Creator: Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) Place Written: Cantonment on the Uncompahgre, Colorado Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 July 1881 Pagination: 6 p. ; 24.8 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: re: Hartsuff again considers the prospects of trouble with the upcoming relocation of the Uncompahgre Utes to their new reservation in Utah at the junction of the Green and White Rivers. He expresses contempt for the "Civil Authority" which "spend & squander & steal" appropriations while the military looks on and enforces its arbitrary will on the Utes. Hartsuff, concerned about the assassination of Pres. Garfield, worries that the consequences "will convulse the whole country".

Background Information:

People: Hartsuff, Arthur

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalSoldier's LetterWestward ExpansionAmerican Indian HistoryGovernment and CivicsAssassinationsDeathPresident

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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