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    [George Pickett] Tremendous Indian Content Autograph Letter Signed, "Hach Brown", c. 1852. Two page, front and verso, 8" x 10", n.d. [c.1852], n.p.. The letter written to "Capt. G. Pickett, Texas" from Hach [Hachaliah] Brown opens without salutation:

    "Lt. [Henry] Heath [Heth] has just arrived from Ft. Atkinson [Kansas Territory]. The Indians threatened the small garrison & [Simon Bolivar] Buckner sent Heath in on express to get relief - he fortunately met it on his way in 175 miles from his post in the apparition of a column of 300 recruits, well-armed under command of Major [Enoch] Steen & en route via Ft. Atkinson to Santa Fe. This command must have reached Fort A. about 8 days after [Heth] left & we all hope in season to save Buckner & his company. [Heth] gives the following account of his escape from a party of Comanches - during the past winter & spring some 3000 Comanches & allied bands have been flitting about on the Arkansas River above & below Fort Atkinson - Buckner at least 2 months ago reported to Washington & to the Dept. Headquarters that these Indians were very troublesome. The fact of their increasing numbers & their open, undisguised dissatisfaction with the U.S. for sticking down Fort A. on their best hunting grounds. No notice was taken of his reinstated reports - in the meantime matters went from bad to worse. The Indians killed the public cattle & about the middle of May stole a child from the Fort - Buckner sent out to the Chiefs living at a large camp not far from the fort for the scamp who was known to abducted the child - nothing satisfactory resulting, [Heth], with a piece of Artillery & 30 men, was sent to the camp. He was met by a party of 50 who promised satisfaction & H. put about to return, not without an escort of the party meeting him - He proceeded with his command down the River & arriving near a crossing place. His polite escort of red skins stopped & told him neither they nor he could go any further - before he had time to collect his ideas a cloud of warriors arose from ambush and closed in a dense mass upon himself & men, taking possession of his piece & threatening with instant death every man in his party if a motion was made to fire a musket. [Heth] managed to get a parley during which he says he could not help observing the playful deviltry of the young warriors who were in full costume & shot their arrows in the air, drew beads on his men & cut up all sorts of wild rustics in their eagerness for the fight...".

    Aside from the wonderful content that includes an Indian kidnapping and ambush, most of the men mentioned in the letter went on greatness in the Civil War. Like George Pickett, Henry Heth became a Confederate major general and Simon Bolivar Buckner became a Confederate lieutenant general. All three men were graduates of the United States Military Academy. The author of the letter, also a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Brevet Captain Hachaliah Brown, died at the age of 31 of bilious fever on August 22, 1853.

    Condition: Folds. The central horizontal fold is weak with two very small holes along the fold and has had some tape strengthening, else very good


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    January, 2009
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