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Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) to "my darling little buttercup"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05201.022 Author/Creator: Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) Place Written: Pine Ridge Indian Agency, South Dakota Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 January 1891 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 24.2 cm.

Summary of Content: re: Hartsuff opens with the speculation that his address may be "Pine Ridge, &c. &c." forever and goes on to complain about the speed with which the Indians continue to deliberate and negotiate the settlement. He also asserts that peace is the only alternative, for resistance, while they are all on the reservation and under the gun, would mean "annihilation."

Background Information:

People: Hartsuff, Arthur

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalSoldier's LetterWestward ExpansionAmerican Indian HistoryPeaceChildren and Family

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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