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Lt. Love’s 1843 Journal

June 28, 2014

  Journal of an Expedition on the Great Western Prairies; in which, the 1st Regt. of Dragoons Marched 375 Miles West of Ft. Leavenworth, to the Crossing of the Santa Fe Road, over the Great Arkansas: which Expedition had for its Objective, the Protection of Santa Fe Traders. By Lt. John Love [i] May 27, [...]

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General Mansfield’s Inspection of Fort Crook 1859

April 12, 2014

Letters Received, Adj. Gen. I-64 1859 San Francisco 2 June 1859 Lieut Col. Lorenzo Thomas Asst. Adjt. Head Quarters Army Sir, On the 20 May I left this City on the Steamer for Sacramento; on the 21st I left Sacramento for Red-Bluff on a Steamer; on the 23rd left Red Bluff in a two-horse buggy, [...]

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Muster Roll Company A October 1856

February 12, 2014

  The following Bi-Monthly Muster Roll of Company A, First U.S. Dragoons, stationed at Fort Tejon for the period of September and October of 1856. The enlisted men here were at Fort Tejon during the whole year, except when on detached field duty or work details. The headquarters and all companies of a regiment were [...]

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1849 Dragoon Expediton Against the Utes

January 24, 2014

LR NM M-1102 R-1 HQ Taos, New Mexico March 9, 1849 Dept. Orders No.3 The band of Eutaws now ranging in the upper valley of the Del Norte, having failed to comply with the promises made by their chiefs in a talk held in Taos, by Lt. Whittlesey 1sr Drags, and having constantly committed depredations [...]

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Major Ben Beall And the Kiowas, Comanches and Cheyennes

January 17, 2014

Benjamin Lloyd Beall was born at Ft. Adams in Rhode Island in the year 1800. His father, Lloyd Beall, was a career officer, who in 1814, was a Major of Artillery stationed at Ft. McHenry. On March 25, 1814, at age thirteen years and five months, Ben was admitted to West Point. Beall would later [...]

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Kearny and the Court Martial of George Allen

September 19, 2013

Private George Allen of Compy. C showed up on guard duty with a unserviceable Hall carbine. Kearny was livid when a court partial panel acquitted him and sought a rehearing. Such was granted and Allen was found guilty. Kearny to Adj. Gen. Atkinson, September 11, 1839, Letter Book 474   For the information of the Comm’g [...]

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Lieutenant Love’s Indiana Recruits

January 10, 2013

LIEUTENANT JOHN LOVE IN INDIANA 1846-1847 By Will Gorenfeld After he left the military, John Love became a successful businessman in Indianapolis. Active in civic affairs, he was a co-founder of the Indiana Historical Society. In this capacity, he left his collection of correspondence with the society. This is a brief account of his recruiting [...]

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The Death of Trooper Gaskill

December 26, 2012

During the Mexican War `Lieutenant John Love recruited George Gaskill, at Edinburgh, Indiana, on April 17, 1847. The 5’8″, fair complected trooper was 21 years of age and trained as a clerk. He was slain by the Comanches in a battle taking place June 26, 1847, at Coon Creeks on the Santa Fe Trail. George [...]

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Letter Home from Fort Gibson 1847

August 12, 2012

Letter written by Private Daniel Koller December 1847   Fort Gibson, Decemb 14th 1847 Dear [Mr Daniel Litzel [and] Miss Sarah Litzel] Sister I take up my pen to in form you that I am well and I hope these few lines may find in the same state of health and all the rest of [...]

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Tule River War 1856

February 21, 2012

Company A, 1st Dragoons participated in the so-called Tule River War, occurring in 1856 between settlers of Four Creeks (Visalia) California and the Yokuts tribe. Here is an article from the San Francisco Bulletin describing the war. Fort Miller, May 18th, 1856.[1] We have had some excitement about the Four Creek Indian War.  You may [...]

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