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    Remington is captured by Indians just after Wounded Knee

    [Frederic Remington] Colonel Edward M. Heyl Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages (bifolio), approximately 5" x 8", on Heyl's personal letterhead, Chicago, January 6, 1891. Edward Miles Heyl a lifelong military man, and veteran of both the Civil War and Indian Wars. While serving as Colonel and Inspector General of the Army in 1891, he writes to George Emerson Albee, a Medal of Honor recipient.

    The letter, dated just days after the Wounded Massacre, relays the news the artist Frederic Remington had been captured by Indians. In part: "I see by the paper that Remington was taken in by the hostiles the other day, but got off with the loss of his sketch book and tobacco pouch. The only thing that saved him was the fact that he had no fire arms with him, which the Indians took as a sign that he was not on the war path. I came home quite sick last Monday from the Pine Ridge Agency . . . but am much too broken up at present to take the field . . . Remington will have to stop here on his way back or if I do go out again will then see him and tell him what you say." A successful artist working almost exclusively for Harper's Weekly, Remington enjoyed unlimited access to army personnel. It is recorded that he arrived just after the massacre had occurred and depicted the event as "The Sioux Outbreak in South Dakota." Letter is gently toned, with bold ink and scripted in a legible hand.


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