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    [Indian Wars]. William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signed "W. T. Sherman" and related documents. Four integral pages 9.75" x 8", Washington, June 27, 1878, to General Thomas H. Ruger. Ruger (1833-1907) reenlisted in the volunteer army with the outbreak of the Civil War where he saw action at the Battle of Antietam and led troops at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He mustered out of the volunteer army after the war and received a colonel's commission in the regular army. He was brevetted brigadier general for his actions at Gettysburg and served as the military governor of Georgia and as head of the Department of the South during Reconstruction. He was superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point before being posted on the frontier and participating in the Crow War.

    The letter is marked "Private" and reads, in part: "Yours of June 24 is received. There is no immediate purpose to change the location of your Regiment. Yet were I in your place I would make no expense, for if Genl. McDowell calls for another Regiment which I think not impossible or unlikely I know of none that can be spared as well as yours. The Indians in all Washington Territory, Oregon, and Idaho are...uneasy by ...the gradual [illegible] from White Settlers... McDowell has orders to get along as well as he can with the force at hand because of the great cost of sending reinforcements, but if he needed more men to let me know. He answered that if we could let him have some Indian Scouts he thought he could get along with the existing force. We gave him an additional hundred Indian Scouts. Should he however call for more men it would be inevitable that your Regiment would have to go. The 23rd is on the Lakes but that line of Posts has always been reserved for some Regiment to recover from the effects of yellow fever. I think the 10th which has 8 years in Texas will be entitled to these posts next and would naturally interchange. I will give you the earliest possible notice..."

    Also included is the AL, dated June 24, 1878, from Ruger to Sherman asking whether his regiment, the 18th U. S. Infantry, would be moving soon. [and:] [William T. Sherman]. Copy of a Telegram. July 3, 1878, from Sherman to Ruger regarding the movement of the 18th Regiment to Oregon. [and:] [William T. Sherman]. Telegram. July, 1878, from Sherman to Ruger informing him that the 18th Infantry may be moved to Oregon in light of recent events and warns that "...the journey is very long & costly & the regiment ought to carry along as few women & as little baggage as possible." [and:] [William T. Sherman]. Telegram. October 22, 1878, from Sherman to Ruger informing him that, per General Sheridan, he will not be disturbed over the winter.


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