DescriptionPhotographer William Soule Southern Plains Indians Lot. William Stinson Soule was a young Civil War veteran who joined Tappin's Trading Company and began taking amateur photographs on the Kansas Plains. From 1869 to 1874 he worked from Fort Sill, where he created the most comprehensive collection of photographs ever taken of the Southern Plains Indians, including the Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Comanche tribes. (Located 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Fort Sill is the only installation built during the Indian Wars that is still used by the U.S. Army.) On leaving Indian Territory, Soule settled in Boston, where his brother, John P. Soule, owned a photographic business. His photographs, of which 166 prints and 69 glass-plate negatives survived, were not published until 1969. This lot includes:
Four Rare Original Photographs of General Custer's 7th Cavalry, Kansas and Oklahoma, 1868, property of Sgt. Major Pierre A. Banker, 7th Cavalry, sepia, mounted on 7.75" x 9.75" boards.
1. "Cabinet Photo: 7th Cavalry Field Quarters-Tents", 4.5" x 7.75".
2. "Cabinet Photo: 7th Cavalry Officers Quarters-Presumably Fort Dodge", 4.75" x 6.5", notes indicate the location could also be Fort Sill or Fort Hayes.
3. "Cabinet Photo: 7th Cavalry at Attention", 4.75" x 7.5"
4. "Cabinet Photo: 3 Indian Scouts Working with the 7th Cavalry," 4.5" x 6.5", depicting three Cheyenne warriors-Dull Knife, Big Head, and Fat Bear, captured by the 7th Cavalry, Camp Supply, Indian Territory, March 1869.
Condition: fading, minor staining, minor creasing on the boards
Sgt. Major Pierre A. Banker Autograph Letter Signed Three pages, 5" x 8", Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, February 26, 1870. In this elegantly handwritten letter to his father, John Banker of New York, the Sgt. Major writes in part: "I wish Congress would decide upon this Mormon business. I should very much like to go to Salt Lake and give old Brigham a good sound whipping. ...Affectionately / Your Son, P. A. Banker" The letter is accompanied by the original envelope Condition: the letter is fine with folds; the envelope is good.
Sgt. Major Pierre A. Banker Autograph Letter Signed Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", 7th Cavalry letterhead, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, March 6, 1871. In this letter to his father, Banker writes about his regiment being ordered to relocate to Louisville, Kentucky. Condition: very good with folds, one diagonal crease, one edge nick, and two tiny stains.
Six Typed Letters Exchanged Between Pierre A. Banker, Jr., and Captain E. S. Luce, Superintendent of the Custer Battlefield National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Montana Nine total pages, 8.5" x 11", 1931-1943. Three of the letters are carbon copies of Banker's originals sent to Luce. The other three are original Typed Letters Signed from Luce to Banker. All refer to Sgt. Major Pierre A. Banker's time of service with the 7th Cavalry. Condition: the Banker carbon copies are in poor-fair condition with considerable chips missing from the borders; the Luce originals are in very good condition with folds, staple holes in the upper left corners, and some acidification.
Photocopy of Sgt. Major Pierre A. Banker's Manuscript of General Custer's "Washita Report" 20 pages, 7.5" x 10", October 22, 1868, copied (in negative) by E. S. Luce, who then returned the original to Banker's son, Pierre, Jr. Condition: very good.
Colonel Charles Francis Bates, Custer's Indian Battles (New York: Bronxville, 1936), 38 pages, illustrated, paper cover stapled at spine, 4to (9" x 12"). Condition: fair-good with water staining, soiling, wear and creasing.
Russell E. Belous and Robert A. Weinstein, Will Soule: Indian Photographer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1869-74 (Los Angeles: The Ward Ritchie Press, 1972), first paperback printing, 120 pages, illustrated, softcover, 4to (9.125" x 11.5"). The front endpaper includes a gift inscription by the original owner. Condition: fair-good with some separation at the spine and considerable wear to the exterior paperback cover at the spine.
Brochures from Custer Battlefield National Cemetery Three brochures (one is a duplicate), illustrated, in very good condition.
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