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    Brackett's Battalion]. Alfred Brackett Autograph Letters (3) Signed and One Telegraph. Three letters, for a total of three and a half pages, 7.5" x 9.75", all addressed to Eugene Marshall, a sergeant in Brackett's Battalion. All three letters are written in January and March 1865 and are accompanied by their original transmittal cover. Brackett is writing from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is waiting on orders, and muses about the fate of the Battalion in his letters.

    Condition: All letters have the usual mail folds with tiny separations occurring along the horizontal fold at intersections. Paper is lightly toned, with bold ink.


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    The Battalion had recently served under General Alfred Sully in the Northwestern Indian Expedition against the Sioux from June through November 1864. In the first letter dated January 22, 1865, Brackett tells his sergeant that he has received a letter from General Sully, and that the general has given him assurances that if Sully receives command of the Department of the Northwest over General Samuel Curtis, he would bring Brackett's Battalion with him. In his March 16, 1865 letter, he writes that General Sully has tendered him the colonelcy of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry and that he has refused to accept. He also writes that he has received a dispatch from a Captain Mills. The referenced dispatch (which is present) states that the "Battalion will be ordered on an expedition to the Black Hills early in the spring."

    The last letter is written the following day and Brackett goes into great detail about arrangements he is making for his men in securing appointment and arms and the impending trip west. "March 17 / 65. I have made arrangements with the ordnance officer to have everything sent to Fort Ridgely which was sent for by Col. Phenden. Could not get Colts Pistols, so I told them I would take Whitneys. The old 1st Reg. is filling up fast. I hear nothing more about filling up the 3rd Cav. Reg. I expect after the 1st is filled, the order will come out for the 3rd Cav. Maj Von Minder writes me that Genl. Sully told Genl. Pope that he must have 'Brackett's Battalion and that he rather have them than any full Reg. in the Dept. Maj. Von Minder will accompany on the coming Campaign. Sully route will be via Sioux City to Fort Sully then across to the Black Hills where there will be a fort built at the mouth of the Powder River." Brackett's Battalion would serve under General Sully in his campaign against the Sioux from May to October 1865.



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    May, 2017
    11th Thursday
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