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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) German, who was taken captive with her sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. On September 11, 1874, the John German family, consisting of his wife and seven children, was attacked by a band of Cheyenne east of Ft. Wallace, Kansas. Only the four youngest, Sophia, Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide (aged 7 and 5), were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors. Fort Wallace received word of the killings and began the search to find the girls and to negotiate their release. They found Julia and Adelaide, who had survived on their own for 6 weeks, and on February 26, 1875, the Cheyennes released Catherine and Sophia. The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.


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Cased Photograph Collection

Posted by Michael Church (Digital Projects Coordinator) on Aug 17, 2011

The cased photograph collection in the State Archives & Library Division of the Kansas Historical Society includes more than 200 one-of-a-kind daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes. These are some of the oldest and most unique photographs owned by the Historical Society. In order to help preserve and improve access to these photos, we scanned the entire collection, which is now available on Kansas Memory.

Many of these photographs were created prior to, or during, the Civil War. Making them available now contributes to our understanding and celebration of Kansas statehood and the Civil War.

Follow the links below to review the collection.

























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