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Albert Henning to George W. Martin

Albert Henning to George W. Martin
Creator: Henning, Albert
Date: August 16, 1905
In this letter to George W. Martin of the Kansas State Historical Society, Albert Henning describes finding "the body of an indian with a number of bullet holes in his body." According to Henning, the Indian that he found was killed by a party of men from Oberlin who had gathered together in the aftermath of a March 1879 attack by the Northern Cheyenne under Dull Knife.


George Martin correspondence on the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas

George Martin correspondence on the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas
Date: Bulk 1905-1906
These letters were written to George Martin, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, documenting the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas. Some of the letters include county maps where the writers marked the route. Letters were written by M. W. (Mike) Sutton from Dodge City; R. M. Wright, Dodge City; J. W. McNeal, Guthrie, Oklahoma; C. F. Colcord, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Geo. L. Kious,Selden, Kansas; J. D. Greason, Atwood, Kansas; C. P. Lynn, Ness City, Kansas; and Hill P. Wilson, Topeka, Kansas. Most of the letters pertain to the events and/or route through one or two counties known to the specific author. Counties mentioned include Barber, Buffalo (now part of Finney), Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Foote / Gray, Gove, Lane, Meade, Rawlins, and Sheridan. County maps exist for Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Gove, Meade, Rawlins, and Sheridan plus a state map. It is not clear who added the information to the maps. This collection of correspondence was digitized with funds donated by the Shears/Hubbard families in memory of William Chalfant.


Grave markers for the Last Indian Raid in Kansas

Grave markers for the Last Indian Raid in Kansas
Creator: Piper, William C.
Date: Between 1930 and 1950
These five black and white photographs show the grave markers for the victims that were killed, September 30, 1878, in the last Indian raid in Kansas. On that day a band of Northern Cheyenne Indians lead by Chief Dull Knife killed nineteen settlers along the Sappa Creek in Oberlin, Kansas before continuing north into Nebraska. The first image is the headstone of James G. Smith. The second photograph is John Young's grave. Thirdly, the grave of John & E.P. Humphrey. The fourth image is the burial site of an Indian girl. The site had been reported earlier as the final resting place for George F. Walters. His body had originally been in a pasture but was moved to Oberlin Cemetery in 1888. The last image is the headstones for William Laing Jr., and Freeman Laing. In the back row to the very right, is Moses F. Abernathy's headstone a victim of the raid.


Grave markers for the last Indian Raid in Kansas

Grave markers for the last Indian Raid in Kansas
Creator: Piper, William C.
Date: Between 1930s and 1950s
These five black and white photographs show the grave markers for the victims that were killed, September 30, 1878, in the last Indian raid in Kansas. On that day a band of Northern Cheyenne Indians lead by Chief Dull Knife killed nineteen settlers along the Sappa Creek in Oberlin, Kansas before continuing north into Nebraska.


Grave markers for the last Indian raid in Kansas

Grave markers for the last Indian raid in Kansas
Creator: Piper, William C.
Date: Between 1930s and 1950s
These five black and white photographs show the grave markers for the victims that were killed, September 30, 1878, in the last Indian raid in Kansas. On that day a band of Northern Cheyenne Indians led by Chief Dull Knife killed nineteen settlers along the Sappa Creek in Oberlin, Kansas before continuing north into Nebraska.


Incidents of the Dull Knife raid

Incidents of the Dull Knife raid
Creator: Street, William D., b. 1851
Date: 1900
This item, written by William D. Street of Oberlin, Kansas, details the events surrounding the Dull Knife raid. According to Street, events began in the summer of 1878 while he was working as a cowboy in parts of Kansas and Colorado. Street recalls that he was first aware that something was wrong upon hearing women and children crying, something that he states was unusual because women and children "seldom frequented the cow camps." Street then asked a man named Sim Holstine what had happened, and Sim told him that an Indian raid had just occurred and the locals were preparing to assist the U.S. Army apprehend the offenders. The remaining seven pages of this item details the events that occurred after the party of men left to find the Northern Cheyennes responsible for the raid.


Kansas Historical Marker, Oberlin, Kansas

Kansas Historical Marker, Oberlin, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
These two black and white photographs show the Kansas Historical Marker commemorating the Last Indian Raid in Kansas. The sign was erected by the Kansas Historical Society and the State Highway Commission recognizing the events of September 30, 1878 when a band of Northern Cheyenne Indians lead by Chief Dull Knife killed nineteen settlers along the Sappa Creek in Oberlin, Kansas.


William D. Street and George W. Martin correspondence

William D. Street and George W. Martin correspondence
Creator: Street, William D., b. 1851
Date: August 16, 1905-March 21, 1908
These two letters concern the raid led by Northern Cheyenne leader Dull Knife. According to Street, a number of "Indian men, women, and children" were killed fifteen miles to the south of Atwood, Kansas, in April 1875.


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