Sturgis's Plea to Congress
    Regarding the Ute War

    Thomas Sturgis. The Ute War of 1879. Why the Indian Bureau should be transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of War. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Leader Steam Books and Job Printing House, 1879. First edition. Pamphlet, approximately 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Octavo. 26 pages. Publisher's original salmon printed wrappers. Housed in custom red cloth clamshell case with gilt lettered title label on spine and lined in chamois, ex-libris label of "Jay Snider" on inside of front. Wrappers with light edge wear and minor creases, small tears at spine ends, small light stain on fore-edge with minor affect to outer margins of pages. Small pencil bookseller's numbers on upper left corner of final blank. Pages with light thumb creases. Nonetheless an exceptional copy of this important and scarce Cheyenne imprint. From the Jay T. Snider Collection of Historical Americana (Christie's New York, 21 June 2005, Lot 327), with his ex-libris on inside front wrapper.

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    "An early Wyoming Imprint. Review of the Sioux War; the Ute Uprising; murders at the Agency; hostilities by the Indians; character of the Indian Agents; the Meeker Captivity, etc. A vigorous denunciation of the Department of Interior and its method of pursuing the war" (Eberstadt 110:244).

    Howes S1111; Streeter 2197 ("An argument from the only-good-Indian-is-a-dead-Indian point of view, inspired by the recent Meeker Massacre and the outrages committed on the Meeker women"); Wyoming Imprints 44.

    "The White River War, also known as the Ute War, or the Ute Campaign, was fought between the White River Utes and the United States Army in 1879, resulting in the forced removal of the White River Utes and the Uncompahgre Utes from Colorado, and the reduction in the Southern Utes' land holdings within Colorado. The war signalled the final defeat of the Utes and opened millions of new acreage to settlement." (Wikipedia).

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