Fort Lincoln, Kansas: June 18, 1867.
6pp. 8vo. Usual folds Item #365550
A strong content letter by a western settler in the post-war period:
"... Geo. & I returned from our long journey last evening safe and sound which will allay mother's apprehensions. We traveled between 900 and 1000 miles through all kinds of country boundless, trackless, prairie, rugged rocky pine covered mountains across rivers torrents and bayous, among all kinds of people white, red and black, union, Rebel and neutral, Freebooters, guerillas and Robbers, mongrels, Hybrids and nondescrips. We were alone most of the time. For awhile another 'outfit' kept us company. We were robbed twice but not killed once that we know of. First the rascals came right under our guns and stole our grub box in the night with no house that we knew of nearer than 100 miles. We lived on quails and Duck 3 days and got so disgusted with the fare that can't eat them yet. Next the indians stole the mules of the other outfit and we chased two days before recovering them which we did without a fight although we expected and prepared for it. We traveled down across the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Creole Seminole country. The weather was not entirely favorable. It rained considerably which made it very difficult fording or rather swimming. We did not take much time to hunt, took no large game. Some days were excessively hot on the return. I have seen the indian now in his primitive state, conversed with Shokokeehehola the Creek chief thro' an interpreter and seen their manners and customs. At one time we were within 70 miles of Ft. Arbuckle, near which the hostile band of savages chased off by Gen. Hancock were operating. We crossed the Arkansas River four times at Ft. Gibson and Ft. Smith. The finest country I saw while gone or ever saw is below Neosho river... There are many fine openings here for business and we are talking them all over and going to select that which promises the quickest and most certain returns..."
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