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C. M. Ricker to Charles Morris

C. M. Ricker to Charles Morris
Creator: Ricker, C. M.
Date: November 6, 1874
Captain C. R. Ricker of the Kansas State Militia, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, writes to Adjutant General Charles Morris of Topeka concerning a band of Pawnee Indians. Ricker notes that the Indians are just east of Medicine Lodge and believes they intend to fight a band of Osage Indians. Though this band had not disturbed any person or property, they were burning the prairie. Ricker suggests that the burning is an attempt by the Indians to further destroy settler's rangeland already devastated by drought and grasshoppers. Ricker asks for instructions on dealing with this "friendly" band of Pawnee. The threat of an Indian uprising on Kansas' southern boarder in 1873 led Governor Thomas Osborn to employ the state militia and appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant for federal troops and arms.


Captain Lewis Hanback's final report

Captain Lewis Hanback's final report
Creator: Hanback, Lewis
Date: 1875
This document is Captain Lewis Hanback's final report of an 1875 investigation into a conflict between Captain Ricker's company of state militia and a band of Osage Indians that occurred in 1874. The Osage Indians had filed a complaint with the Department of the Interior, claiming that the U. S. military had attacked a peaceful Indian encampment and stolen their horses and other property. Captain Lewis Hanback was ordered to take down testimonies and determine the circumstances surrounding the conflict. This final report summarizes these testimonies and includes a short history of Barbour County where the altercation took place.


D. C. Haskell to Governor Thomas Osborne

D. C. Haskell to Governor Thomas Osborne
Creator: Haskell, D. C. (Dudley Chase), 1842-1883
Date: November 11, 1874
A letter written by D. [Dudley] C. [Chase] Haskell introducing Governor Thomas Osborne to Rev. W. M. Wellman. Wellman was appointed to the Kansas Relief Committee and worked on behalf of The Smith County Aid Society to obtain funds to help settlers effected by the grasshopper plague.


Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence

Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1876
Governor Thomas Osborn compiled this series of correspondence on immigration issues from letters received while in office from 1873-1877. The letters address many aspects of immigration including the appointment of commissioners; immigration promotion; foreign immigration from Scotland, France, Wales, Europe in general, the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), and Germany. Domestic immigration is also addressed concerning immigrants from New England, Louisiana, and Tennessee (early Exodusters); and Indian lands.


Grasshopper Relief proclamation

Grasshopper Relief proclamation
Creator: Osborn, Thomas Andrew, 1836-1898
Date: 1874
This proclamation was issued by Governor Thomas Osborn in response to the grasshopper plague that hit the state of Kansas in 1874. The grasshoppers had destroyed most of the farmers' crops, thus "threatening great suffering among the people." Osborn called for the state legislature to convene on September 15, 1874 to discuss the best plan of action.


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 Legislature, 1875

Kansas Legislature, 1875
Creator: Leonard & Martin
Date: 1875
This black and white photograph shows the Kansas of Representatives and the Senate. Governor Thomas Osborn, Lt. Governor Melville J. Salter and Chief Justice Samuel Austin Kingman are featured on the panel.


Thomas Andrew Osborn

Thomas Andrew Osborn
Date: between 1873 and 1877
This portrait represents Republican Kansas Governor, Thomas Andrew Osborn while he was in office from 1873 to 1877. After serving as Governor, Osborn worked as the director for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway from 1894 to 1898.


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