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First Battalion volunteer militia correspondence

First Battalion volunteer militia correspondence
Date: 1868
This correspondence was sent to Kansas Governor Samuel J. Crawford and Kansas Adjutant General Josiah B. McAfee from members of the First Battalion of the Kansas Volunteer Militia. This group was also known as the "Frontier Battalion" charged with defending western parts of Kansas from Indians. Correspondents include Assistant Adjutant General George B. Jenness, Lt. Milo R. Harris, Capt. S. J. Jennings of Company A and his 2nd Lt. Norman A. Lovejoy (including a petition for Jennings' dismissal for drunkenness), Capt. H. D. Baker of Company B, Capt. B. C. Sanders of Company C, Capt. A. J. Armstrong of Company D, Capt. John A. Potts of Company E, and John S. Park, commanding officer of the Sharp's Creek Detachment. A sizable portion of the correspondence was written in Salina, Kansas. There are several items written in Lawrence, Kansas, with a few letters from a number of other communities


Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence
Date: April 1902 - June 1904
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office and the U.S. War Department between April 1902 - June 1904. Letters were also sent to Governor William E. Stanley and Governor Willis J. Bailey. Kansas Adjutant Generals during this period were Simeon M. Fox and Samuel H. Kelsey. Correspondents include Brigadier General William Crozier at the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, J. Parker and E.J. McClernand, Majors of Cavalry, and Quartermaster Generals Marshall I. Ludington and Charles F. Humphrey. Frequent correspondence was made with the Headquarters of the Department of the Missouri, in Omaha, the Headquarters of the Northern Division, in St. Louis, and the Headquarters of the Department of the Lakes, in Chicago. Topics discussed include military maneuvers, annual reports, and transportation arrangements.


Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence
Date: July 1904 - December 1906
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office and the U.S. War Department between July 1904 - December 1906. Letters were also sent to Governor Willis J. Bailey and Governor Edward W. Hoch. Kansas Adjutant Generals during this period were Samuel H. Kelsey and James W.F. Hughes. Correspondents include Brigadier General William Crozier at the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Quartermaster General Charles F. Humphrey, and James W. Cheney, librarian of the War Department. Frequent record-keeping information is solicited on behalf of the Secretary of War, the Office of the Commissary General, and the Surgeon General's Office. Topics discussed include general orders, army appropriation bills, payment of expenses, and annual reports.


Kansas Adjutant General correspondence by companies, 1905-1910

Kansas Adjutant General correspondence by companies, 1905-1910
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1905-1910
This correspondence is from the following companies of the First Infantry of the Kansas National Guard: Company A from Clay Center under Captain Guy R. Martin and Captain Theodore E. Schwarz, Company B from Burlingame under Captain Max Carnaveaux, Company C from Burlington under Captain Mont B. Hackley, Company D from Paola under Captain George R. Reynolds, Company E from Fredonia and Parsons under Captain Dennis J. Sheedy and Captain Charles A. Allen, Company F from Hiawatha under Captain Albert H. Herman, Company G from Fort Scott under Captain Lloyd V. Rawlings, and Company H from Lawrence under Captain Samuel G. Clarke and Captain John W. Morrow.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1864
This is correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Cyrus K. Holliday succeeded Guilford Dudley as Adjutant General in May 1864. Topics of this correspondence include hospital reports from Fort Scott, requests for more appointments of medical officers, transmittal of muster rolls, a list of volunteers from Wisconsin who enlisted in Kansas, and letters from Elizabeth Pearsons Clouse inquiring about her son, Benjamin Franklin Pearsons. Correspondence was frequently exchanged with Lieutenant J.R. Kemble, General John B. Gray, Assistant Provost Marshal Sidney Clarke, Provost Marshal James McCahon, and Provost Marshal A.J. Shannon. Also included are letters from newspaper publishers requesting payment for printing General and Special Orders, including a young Marshall M. Murdock from the Burlingame Chronicle. A letter dated January 31, 1864 from President Abraham Lincoln orders the draft of 500,000 men. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Thomas J. Anderson succeeded Cyrus K. Holliday as Adjutant General in April 1865. Notable correspondents include Edmund G. Ross, William McEntyre Dye, and Sidney Clarke. Several letters were also received from publisher D.R. Anthony regarding the copying and distribution of the 1864 Adjutant General's Report. Many letters acknowledge the sending and receipt of muster rolls. This correspondence also includes several petitions nominating a new Brigadier General, including Colonel Sandy Lowe of Douglas County replacing General William Fishbacker. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1866
Correspondence received by the Adjutant General's Office. Colonel Thomas J. Anderson served as the Kansas Adjutant General from April 1, 1865-August 18, 1867. Some of the topics discussed include the newly elected officials of the Mission Creek township militia in Wabaunsee County, residents of Baxter Springs seeking militia protection from bushwhackers, correspondence with E.B. Taylor, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Northern Superintendency in Omaha, relating to testimony given by Pawnee Indians on charge of murder at Solomon's Fork, monthly enlistment reports for the 13th U.S. Infantry and 18th U.S. Infantry, and a letter from Clara Barton on behalf of the Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1863
This item is correspondence of the Kansas Adjutant General's Office under Charles Chadwick (1862-1863) and Guilford Dudley (1863-1864), including special orders issued by Governor Thomas Carney to Samuel N. Wood of the Morris County Rangers to detain any organized bands of guerillas near Council Grove and William P. Dutton to equip his company in Miami County. Several letters were received from John B. Gray, Missouri Adjutant General, inquiring about Missouri men that had enlisted in the Kansas militia. Most of the correspondence consists of requests for muster rolls, arms, resignations, and commissions. Other notable correspondents include Stephen A. Cobb and Sidney Clarke. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1879
This correspondence was sent and received by Kansas Adjutant General Peter S. Noble to and from militiamen across the state, often written on stationary from their places of regular employment. The Kansas University Cadets are frequently mentioned. Included are petitions for the organization of militia companies in the cities of Raymond, Offerle, Burlingame, and Caldwell, among others. Also included are petitions for weaponry and ammunition to protect the cities of Oberlin, Spearville, and Bazine from Indian attacks.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1867
This item is correspondence received by the Adjutant General's Office. Josiah B. McAfee succeeded Thomas J. Anderson as Kansas Adjutant General in August 1867. The correspondence includes letters from citizens seeking to reenter the armed forces, orders for the disarmament of state militia arsenals, and claims for service records and pensions. A letter, dated June 25, 1867, from former Kansas Governor Charles Robinson, states that a list of officers commissioned during his term is no longer in his possession. Also included are several statements taken by district court clerk Mitchell G. Williams in New Albany, Wilson County, Kansas, regarding the theft and killing of horses by Osage Indians.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1878
This correspondence was sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Hiram T. Benam served as Adjutant General from 1876-1878 and Peter S. Noble served from 1878-1883. It includes inquiries made from men "anxious for organization" hoping to enlist militias in the towns of Parsons, Independence, Iuka, Lawrence, and Hutchinson. The collection also includes bill of ladings from the Kansas Pacific Railway and Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal. Frequent correspondence was exchanged with Willis Brown, cashier for the State Bank of Kansas in Seneca, Kansas, Scott Hopkins of the Kansas University Cadets, John T. Bradley, a lawyer from Council Grove and member of the Kansas Senate from 1876 to 1880, F.C. Merrill, a lumber dealer from Paola, and E.D. Rose, a hardware dealer from Holton.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1868
This correspondence received by the Adjutant General's Office, headed by Josiah B. McAfee, discusses a variety of topics including the burial places of deceased Kansas soldiers, requests for recruiting commissions to raise a company of militiamen, and "Price's Raid Claims." There is frequent correspondence with Philip M. Sheridan, in command of the Missouri Department in Fort Hays, and letters from concerned citizens of Sibley, Kansas, worried that Indian presence and shrinking provisions are forcing people to leave the area.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1869
This is correspondence of the Adjutant General's Office, headed by Josiah B. McAfee. Topics include damage claims, claims for provisions provided to the militia, reports of hostile Indians near Ellsworth, Caney, Hays, and Clyde, and claims of service referred to the Price's Raid Commission. A muster roll lists the members of an independent company of the militia known as the Scandinavian Rangers organized around a Swedish colony in present-day Scandia, Kansas. Some letters have faded considerably and typed transcriptions are included.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1861-1862
Collection of correspondence including letters written to Governor Charles Robinson and letters written by Charles Chadwick, Adjutant General of Kansas. Also included are appointments issued by James H. Lane, Commissioner of Recruiting, to Ernestus Gilpatrick, John Owens, Edward P. Kellam, C.K. Gilchrist, J.B. Allen, Felix Brenigan, Isaac Seaman, Robert Little, A.G. Cunningham, Andrew J. Frances, Robert Riddle, Joseph R. Kent, Jeremiah C. Johnson, William Cowan, and Allen Griffen. Topics discussed include the consolidation and reorganization of Kansas regiments and companies and mustering out of individuals. Several letters sent to General J.C. Stone in Leavenworth from citizens endorsing S.E. Ward, a trader at Fort Laramie, report Indian hostility along the road to California. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1877
This correspondence includes letters received by the Kansas Adjutant General on a variety of topics. Many letters inform the state of the enrollment of militia companies, especially in response to a circular sent by Governor George Anthony on enrollment in accordance with state law. Requests for information on filing claims for pay or property damage are also included. Many of the letters are addressed to the governor. The adjutant general was H. T. Beman. Advertisements from arms manufacturers, such as the Gatlin Gun Company and others, are also present.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Date: 1915-1918
Correspondence including general orders from Adjutant General Charles I. Martin and telegrams between commanding officers of the Kansas National Guard. Also included are appointments of non-commission officers, strength reports detailing desertions and injuries, and descriptive cards of cavalry horses, including their age, size, purchase date and location. Topics discussed include the recruiting of qualified Kansas National Guard members for service in the regular army, instructions for removing enemy sympathizers within ranks and monitoring German nationals in service, and furloughs or personnel transfers. A payroll list with signatures of received payments for members of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, drafted into service on August 5, 1917, can also be found in this material.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1870
This correspondence of the Kansas Adjutant General includes letters received on a variety of topics including supplies, ammunition, Indian relations, depositions, orders, commissions, enrollments and others. Letters on Indian relations refer mostly to conflicts between white settlers and a group of Indians near the forks of the Solomon River. Price Raid claims are also addressed. Letters were often addressed to Governor James Harvey or to Adjutant General David Whittaker.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1871

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1871
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1871
This correspondence includes letters received by the Kansas Adjutant General on a variety of topics but most of the letters request arms or troops to protect settlers from feared raids by Indians in the area. Many letters also inform the state of the enrollment of local militias for such protection in absence of assistance by state units. Requests for information on filing claims for damage from Indian raids are also included, as are requests on Price Raid claims. The correspondents often identify groups of Indians and their location. Tribes mentioned include the Cheyenne, Sioux, Comanche, Kiowa, Pawnee, Otoe, and Omaha. March 31st correspondence from the Department of the Missouri commander John Pope at Leavenworth informs Governor James Harvey of Indians given permission by the Indian Bureau to hunt buffalo between the Solomon and Arkansas rivers, particularly Red Cloud and other bands of Sioux. An April 4th letter from Governor Harvey orders Adjutant General David Whittaker to proceed to the frontier to inform the settlements of such permission and to avoid conflict.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1872-1873

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1872-1873
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1872-1873
This correspondence of the Kansas Adjutant General includes letters received by Colonel David Whittaker on a variety of topics including supplies, claims for services, Indian damage claims, Price Raid claims, commissions, enrollments and others.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1874

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1874
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1874
This correspondence includes letters received by C. A. Morris, the Kansas Adjutant General, on a variety of topics but most of the letters request arms or troops to protect settlers from feared raids by Indians in the area. Many letters also inform the state of the enrollment of local militias for such protection in absence of assistance by state units. Requests for information on filing claims for damage from Indian raids are also included, as are requests on Price Raid claims. Many of the letters are addressed to Governor Thomas Osborn. Many official or unofficial militia units enrolled by local communities express an urgent desire to receive orders to pursue the Indians on the southern border of Kansas. Indian tribes mentioned include the Cheyenne, Osage and Pawnee.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1875

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1875
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1875
This correspondence includes letters received by C. A. Morris, the Kansas Adjutant General, on a variety of topics but most of the letters concern recent fear of Indian raids or their aftermath. Many letters are requests for pay for, or resignations from, militia service, and requests to return or redistribute guns and ammunition. Later in the year communities are again requesting arms and enrolling local militia units for protection against feared raids by Indians. Advertisements and solicitations from arms and ammunition dealers also begin to appear. Railroad companies also make requests for arms and related supplies to help protect their interests. Some letters are addressed to Governor Thomas Osborn. General John Pope, commander of the Department of the Missouri at Leavenworth denies a request for information about Indians recently taken into custody who may be suspected of involvement in raids on white settlers.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1876

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1876
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1876
This correspondence includes letters received by the Kansas Adjutant General on a variety of topics. Many of the letters request arms or troops to protect settlers from feared raids by Indians in the area. Many letters also inform the state of the enrollment of local militias for such protection in absence of assistance by state units. Requests for information on filing claims for militia service and damage from Indian raids are also included. The letters are addressed to Governor Thomas Osborn, former Adjutant General C. A. Morris, and acting Adjutant General H. T. Beman. General John Pope, commander of the Department of the Missouri at Fort Leavenworth, sent letters on May 11th and May 15th directing companies of cavalry to be sent to observe the movements of Indian bands and protect settlements.


Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correpondence

Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correpondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1886
Correspondence sent and received by Kansas Adjutant General Alexander B. Campbell. Frequent correspondents include Captain W.G. Hamrick, Colonel William Larzelere, Colonel William E. Hutchinson, and Captain John T. Taylor. Also included is a signed petition from citizens of Clay Center asking to be furnished with a piece of ordnance for an upcoming soldier reunion, and a transcription of the examination of W.L. McManomy concerning the shooting of Anson D. Fuller and J.C. Jenkins near Pratt Center on January 27, 1886.


Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correpondence

Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correpondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1887
This is correspondence sent and received by Kansas Adjutant General Alexander B. Campbell. Frequent correspondents include: L.N. Woodcock, S.L. Patrick, Henry W. Howe, William A. Pease, William Larzalere, and Frank W. Finch. The items include a petition from the First Light Battery seeking more weaponry and a petition regarding the removal of the captain of Company B, Second Regiment.


Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General miscellaneous correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1895
This correspondence is to and from Adjutant Generals Albert J. Davis (1894-1895) and Simeon M. Fox (1895-1897). There are some fiscal and inventory records first. The majority of these letters (which begin on page 31) pertain to personnel issues, such as recommendations for dishonorable discharge, staff appointments, and applications for resignation or retirement.


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