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    Lot of Two Documents regarding Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, 1873. In preparation for the Northern Pacific Railroad to lay tracks to the Missouri River and beyond, the military was dispatched to the area. In June 1872, an infantry post, called Fort McKeen, was built by Companies B and C of the 6th Infantry. The name Fort McKeen was short-lived; the designation was changed to Fort Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1872. In 1873 Congress authorized the addition of a cavalry post and its construction was mostly completed the same year. The Seventh United States Cavalry, which had been scattered throughout the south and west, proceeded north to Fort Abraham Lincoln. By 1874, Fort Abraham Lincoln housed three companies of the 6th and 17th Infantries and six companies of the 7th Cavalry, making the fort a nine-company command. With a total complement of about 650 men, the fort was among the largest and most important on the Northern Plains.

    First document is an "Invoice of Stores Transferred," by 2nd Lieut. J. M. Willey 6th Inf, invoice receipt, for 6 shovels valued at .59 cents each. Second document is a receipt by 2nd Lieut. J. M. Willey 6th Inf for three common tents in good condition. Both measure approximately 11" x 8.5".

    Very good, separations in folds.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    13th Friday
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