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.50-70 Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

.50-70 Cartridges from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
These .50-70 cartridges were recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County at the Enlisted Men's Barracks. Both were recovered in the vicinity of the Enlisted Men's Barracks. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas

7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1961
The 7th Cavalry drill team reenactment troop perform for the Fort Wallace memorial association, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas, May 1961.


7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas

7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: 1961
A 7th Cavalry reenactment troop line up at the United States government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


An Appeal from Arickaree

An Appeal from Arickaree
Creator: Howes, Cecil, 1880-1950
Date: 1940-1950
This item, written by Kansas City Star editor Charles Cecil Howes, concerns the Battle of Arickaree that took place in Kansas in 1868. Howes does not address any of the controversy surrounding the event but he does provide a solid account of the accepted facts of the combat that took place between U.S. Army soldiers, led by General George A. Forsyth (a Colonel at the time), and Indian warriors led by Cheyenne War Chief Roman Nose. This item also includes some excerpts from General Forsyth's "Thrilling Days of Army Life," which had not yet been published at the time Howes' article was printed.


Arickaree history collection

Arickaree history collection
Date: [Not given]
This collection contains originals and copies of correspondences, articles, notes and related materials regarding the Battle of Beechers Island, also known as the Battle of Arickaree Fork, on September 19, 1868.


Barracks, Fort Wallace, Kansas

Barracks, Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: 1868
This photograph shows the barracks building at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


Deposition of J.N.N. Schooler

Deposition of J.N.N. Schooler
Creator: Schooler, J.N.N.
Date: June 16, 1867
This item contains the deposition of J.N.N. Schooler following an attack by Indians. In his deposition, Schooler explains that he and his companions were on the "Smoky Hill Overland Route Sixteen or Seventeen miles east of Fort Wallace" when 200 or more Cheyenne and Sioux attacked them. According to Schooler, four men were killed immediately and three were taken prisoner. Other details include the monetary value of items lost during the attack.


Desperate battle between the Cheyenne and Company G of the U. S. Cavalry near Fort Wallace

Desperate battle between the Cheyenne and Company G of the U. S. Cavalry near Fort Wallace
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: June 26, 1867
This is an illustration showing a battle between the Cheyenne and Company G Seventh U. S. Cavalry near Fort Wallace. The illustration appears in Harpers Weekly.


Finial from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Finial from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This finial was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County in the vicinity of the Officer's Quarters. A finial is an ornamental piece generally at the top of an object. This one may have been at the end of a flag staff. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


Fort Wallace

Fort Wallace
Creator: B. McDonald
Date: May 25, 1953
A drawing of Fort Wallace, Kansas as it appeared in 1879.


Fort Wallace, 1880's

Fort Wallace, 1880's
Date: 1880's
This sepia colored photograph captures the buildngs at Fort Wallace in the 1880's.


Fort Wallace, Kansas

Fort Wallace, Kansas
Creator: Calhoun, A. H.
Date: July 27, 1867
A drawing depicting Fort Wallace drawn by Major A. H. Calhoun from a photograph taken by Dr. William Bell. It was published in Harpers Weekly, July 27, 1867. Calhoun and Bell were members of Wrights surveying party for the Union Pacific Eastern Division Railway.


Fossil Creek Station Indian depredation

Fossil Creek Station Indian depredation
Creator: Kansas Free Press of Leavenworth
Date: June 2, 1869
This item, a English language copy of a story published in German in the Kansas Free Press of Leavenworth, Kansas, was completed shortly after the May 29, 1869, Indian attack on Fossil Creek Station in Kansas. The story states that four men were wounded and two men were killed when they "fell out of the wagon, and afterwards scalped and horribly butchered by the savage Indians." The item also indicates that the attacking party had damaged the railroad track, delaying rail travel and "ditching" trains that failed to spot the damaged section of track. Fossil Creek Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.


Four views of the government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Kansas

Four views of the government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
Four views of the government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


General Service Button from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

General Service Button from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1866-1882
This General Service button was found near the Enlisted Barracks at Fort Wallace in Wallace County. he button is of a size to have likely been used on a jacket cuff. Excavations took place at the fort in 1997 by archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society.


General Service Buttons From Fort Wallace, 14WC303

General Service Buttons From Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
These buttons were recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. They are of a size likely to have been used on a jacket front or cuff. The larger button has a back mark for the 1860s button manufacturers Horstmann and Company of New York and Philadelphia. The smaller button's back mark listed Scovill and Company of Waterbury, Connecticut (1840-1850). Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


Hackberry tree, old Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas

Hackberry tree, old Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1940
This hackberry tree was the only remaining landmark of Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas. It stood outside the officers' quarters at the fort.


Hole-in-top Can from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Hole-in-top Can from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This hole-in-top can fragment was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. The tin can was filled through a large hole in the top. After filling, a cap was soldered into place with lead and a pin-hole opening left for steam to vent. This final hole was also sealed with lead. Archeologists can learn much from a discarded can, such as the occupants eating habits, finances, and trading patterns. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


H.P. Clark to George W. Martin

H.P. Clark to George W. Martin
Creator: Clark, H.P.
Date: March 28, 1907
A letter from H.P. Clark to George W. Martin, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. Clark writes about sending a set of keys that once belonged to the buildings of Fort Wallace, to Mr. Martin as an addition to the collection of the Historical Society.


Insignia from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Insignia from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This brass insignia was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2005. Insignia are badge-like distinguishing marks of military rank or office. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882.


Map of Kansas, with parts of neighboring states and territories

Map of Kansas, with parts of neighboring states and territories
Creator: Hunnius, Ado, 1842-1923
Date: 1870
This map was drawn by Ado Hunnius at the request of Major General J. M. Schofield. It was compiled under the direction of 1st Lieutenant Henry Jackson of the 7th U.S. Cavalry in March 1870. It includes the location of forts in Kansas, southern Nebraska, eastern Colorado, and northern portions of Indian Territory (Oklahoma), as well as noting natural features (rivers, hills, etc.), trails, and Indian reservations.


Patrick Hayes to Charles Cecil Howes

Patrick Hayes to Charles Cecil Howes
Creator: Hayes, Patrick
Date: July 21, 1927
In this letter to Charles Cecil Howes, editor of the Kansas City Star, attorney Patrick Hayes addresses the January 30, 1927, article that the Star published on the Battle of Arickaree.


Pipe Fragment from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Pipe Fragment from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This pipe stem and bowl fragment was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County at the Enlisted Men's Barracks. Pipes like this one were mass produced using molds. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


Pistol Ammunition from Fort Wallace, 14WC303

Pistol Ammunition from Fort Wallace, 14WC303
Date: 1865-1882
This lead shot (ammunition) was recovered from Fort Wallace in Wallace County near the magazine, an area used for ammunition storage. The lead shot is an appropriate size to have been used in a pistol. Fort Wallace was built in 1865 along the Smoky Hill Trail and abandoned in 1882. Archeologists from the Kansas Historical Society conducted excavations at the fort in 1997.


Report of killed and wounded soldiers and citizens at, and in the vicinity of Fort Wallace, Kansas, by Indians since April 14, 1867. [South Fork of Smoky Hill River]

Report of killed and wounded soldiers and citizens at, and in the vicinity of Fort Wallace, Kansas, by Indians since April 14, 1867. [South Fork of Smoky Hill River]
Creator: Turner, Theophilus H., Dr., 1840-1869
Date: September 12, 1867
This item, compiled at Fort Wallace, Kansas, in September 1867, details the military and civilian casualties that resulted from encounters with "hostile" Indians near Fort Wallace, Kansas. Included is the soldier's name, rank, company, regiment, date of death, and the object that caused the wound.


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