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    Battle of Washita: Chief Black Kettle's Silver Ring. Archive of articles related to James P. Russell (1850-1934) who served as a Sergeant in H Troop, 7th U.S. Cavalry and fought at the Battle of Washita on November 27, 1868. He mustered out on August 27, 1871, thereby avoiding the Battle of Little Bighorn. Subsequently, he served in numerous government positions, most notably Sheriff of Kankakee, Illinois. The central item in the collection is a silver ring that was taken from the body of Chief Black Kettle. According to a newspaper article, the ring was given to Russell by the soldier who fired the fatal shot at Black Kettle. The soldier kept Black Kettle's revolver, but gave the ring to Russell. The ring has a .75" circular band to which is attached a 2.75" x .75" oblong, curved panel with hand-etched designs over the entire surface.

    A binder that accompanies the ring includes period photographs of Russell from his later career, his Army discharge papers, polling documents, assorted ephemera, newspaper clippings on various topics including Black Kettle's ring, a 2 1/2 page manuscript account (written in pencil by Russell) of his service in the Army including a description of pursuing Indians to Fort McPherson, pension and law enforcement documents.

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