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Captain William E. Dougherty Correspondence

 Unprocessed — Box: 06490 B
Identifier: H2016-032

Content Description

The collection consists of four pieces of correspondence addressed to Captain William E. Dougherty of the 1st United States Infantry in Dakota Territory dating from 1880 to 1882. Most of the correspondence involves the Lower Brule Agency in Dakota Territory. The first letter dated February 18, 1880 concerns a dispute over two Indians, Mad Bull and High Dog, who did not receiving payment for cutting wood. The second letter dated March 30, 1880 concerns an issue at Lower Brule Agency where a young Indian killed a clerk’s horse. The third letter dated June 3, 1881 is addressed to Dougherty at Crow Creek (D.T.), with letterhead for the Missouri River Transportation Company, stating that three boxes were delivered to the Lower Brule Agency. The fourth and final letter dated August 31, 1882 from a William Fuller, U.S. Indian Agent of the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Agencies allowing permission to an Indian chief named White Ghost and thirty nine other Indians to go to the Lower Brule Agency for nine days. The letters offer an insight into the relationship between the Native Americans at the Lower Brule Agency and both the local Indian Agents and Military.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1880-1882


0.1 Cubic Feet