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George Luther Stearns correspondence

George Luther Stearns correspondence
Date: 1861-1862
This correspondence is between George Luther Stearns and several prominent abolitionists, including Colonel James Montgomery, George W. Collamore, Mary A. Brown, and John Brown, Jr. Included is a circular from the Office of the Kansas Relief Committee, of which Stearns was chairman, seeking clothing and other goods. Stearns received letters from individuals, wholesalers, retailers, and charitable organizations relating to the donation of various articles, goods, and money. It is also discussed how these donations, especially clothing, would benefit the 2nd and 3rd Regiments. A letter from Eleanor S. Deane includes a poem entitled, "To the Little Boys and Girls of Kansas."


I troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico

I troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico
Date: 1870
A photograph of I Troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico. The troop commander on the white horse is Captain (brevet major) James Monroe Williams. In the Civil War, he commanded Company F, 5th Kansas Cavalry 1861-1862, colonel of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry 1862-1864, and brevet brigadier general commanding 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps in Arkansas 1864-1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona and Forts Selden and Bayard, New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado.


James Monroe Williams

James Monroe Williams
Creator: Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a portrait of Colonel James Monroe Williams. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was commissioned a captain and appointed commander of Company F, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. In 1862, he resigned from the 5th Kansas to raise a regiment of black infantry, which became the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. He became its colonel. In 1864, Williams assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps and was brevetted brigadier general early in 1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona, and Forts Selden and Bayard in New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado. He was born in 1833 and died in 1907.


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