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Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) to "my darling wife and baby"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05201.021 Author/Creator: Hartsuff, Arthur (fl. 1870-1893) Place Written: Pine Ridge Indian Agency, South Dakota Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1891 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.5 x 25.2 cm.

Summary of Content: re: Hartsuff tells his wife and daughter about the conditions in his field hospital built from nothing and now housing fifty men comfortably. Claims that most of what is in the newspapers is true, but he can add nothing to the accounts because he knows nothing else.

Background Information:

People: Hartsuff, Arthur

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalSoldier's LetterWestward ExpansionAmerican Indian HistoryJournalismHospitalChildren and Family

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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