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Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) to "my darling little buttercup"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05201.016 Author/Creator: Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) Place Written: Pine River Indian Agency, South Dakota Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 December 1890 Pagination: 4 p. ; 19.9 x 12.3 cm.

Summary of Content: re: Hartsuff writes to his daughter and tells her about the territory and life on the reservation. He describes "ration day" - when the Indians gather to receive their food from the stores - and a cattle division.

Background Information:

People: Hartsuff, Arthur

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalSoldier's LetterWestward ExpansionAmerican Indian HistoryDiet and nutritionAgriculture and Animal HusbandryMilitary ProvisionsMilitary RationsChildren and FamilyWomen's History

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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