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Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) to David Douty Colton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05095 Author/Creator: Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 26 September 1878 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Expresses gratitude to Colton, Vice President of the Southern Pacific Railroad, for the convenience the railroad offers transcontinental travelers. States that the railroad is "'a great civilizer', and will enable the Military Authorities to maintain peace and order among Indians as well as the equally dangerous clans of Robbers ... " Advises Colton on possible routes for continuation of the railroad through Arizona. Hopes that the railroad will increase trade and secure peace between the United States and Mexico.

People: Colton, David Douty, 1832-1878.
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Immigration and Migration, Railroad, American West, Transportation, Union General, Military History, American Indian History, Westward Expansion, Frontiers and Exploration, Criminals and Outlaws, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Latin and South America, Diplomacy, Peace, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs

Sub Era: Development of the West The Gilded Age