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    [Indian Wars] Maurice Maloney Autograph Letter Signed with Battle Content. Two pages, two-sided, 8" x 9.75", "Fort Steilacoom, December 28th, 1855." Captain Maurice Maloney, soldier and veteran of the Seminole War, the Mexican War, and the Indian Wars of the West, writes to an unidentified Major providing much detail about recent hostilities with the local tribes. In part: "In September the Indians . . . made a general war against the Whites, killing men going to and from the Colville mines." Major Haller was ordered out from The Dalles against the Yukamas and Klikitat tribes . . . he got in a fight with them, losing all his animals, provisions, and a mountain Howitzer."

    Fort Steilacoom was founded by the U.S. Army in 1849, and served as headquarters for the U.S. 9th Infantry Regiment during the Indian War of 1855-56. It was among the first military fortifications built by the U.S. in what was to become Washington State, in response to Indian agitation in the area. Indians of the Nisqually tribe attacked white settlers in the area in October 29, 1855, as a result of their dissatisfaction with the Treaty of Medicine Creek that had been imposed on them the previous year, particularly angered that their assigned reservation curtailed the traditional fishing economy. Letter bears faint age toning; one corner torn away. Generally fine condition. Exceptional content!


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