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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05201.020 Author/Creator: Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) Place Written: Pine Ridge Indian Agency, South Dakota Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 December 1890 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.5 x 25.2 cm.

Summary of Content: re: Hartsuff reports that the war commenced almost without warning. Four companies of Infantry had already struck their tents and gotten ready to leave and another four were under orders to strike their tents when the fight broke upon them. Hartsuff reports that his hospital is full of the dead and dying, that upwards of one hundred Indian women and children have sought refuge at the Agency and that the hostiles are now less than twelve miles away.

Background Information:

People: Hartsuff, Arthur

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalSoldier's LetterWestward ExpansionAmerican Indian HistoryMilitary CampHospitalWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyInjury or WoundDeath

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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