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    Ledger of William A. Hancock, One of the Founding Fathers of Phoenix, Arizona. 1869-1870. In November 1864, Hancock enlisted in the 7th Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers, in San Francisco and was soon posted to Fort Yuma, California. The following September he was transferred to an Arizona regiment and was commissioned second lieutenant of Company "C" 1st Regiment of Arizona Volunteers. Under the command of Lieutenant John Walker, this unit consisted of eighty-two Pima Indians, including their chief Azul as first sergeant, and forty citizen Pimas.

    As part of the garrison command by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence E. Bennett and ordered to establish a new post in the Tonto Basin, Hancock and his Pimas arrived at the site of what would become Fort McDowell.

    William Hancock remained at Fort McDowell as post sutler until 1869, and it is during his tenure as the McDowell storekeeper that this account ledger begins. With the relocation and regarrisoning of Camp Reno in the Tanto basin, Hancock signed a contract in August, 1869, to build a store and become post sutler there. He completed and stocked his store just as Camp Reno was deactivated and the town of Phoenix was created. Nevertheless, this 239 page ledger from this period (1869-1870) contains detailed accounts for many of Reno & McDowell officers including General Andrew J. Alexander, Colonel George B. Sanford, Major James M. Williams, Major Patrick Collins and Lieutenant George W. Chilson. A very rare and early historical item from the Arizona Territory. Measures 8"x 12".

    Very good, original boards front cover separated, overall condition is very good.

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