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A. Roemigk to George W. Martin

A. Roemigk to George W. Martin
Creator: Roenigk, Adolph, 1847-1938
Date: July 18, 1904
A letter from Adolph Roenigk of Lincoln, Kansas, to George W. Martin, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. Roenigk recounts hearing from a Mr. Ferdinand Erhardt, of an Indian battle site in Lincoln County.


Battle of Platte River bridge in Wyoming

Battle of Platte River bridge in Wyoming
Creator: Playford, Jesse
Date: 1865
Here are two illustrations of the Platte Bridge Station drawn by Jesse Playford, a member of the 11th Kansas Cavalry, Company I. The station was established in 1858 as one of a series of fortified stations on the Oregon-California Trail. It was located on the south side of the North Platte River. Regular troops abandoned the station in 1859, the same year a 1,000-foot toll bridge was completed across the river. In 1862, during the Civil War, to counter increased Indian hostilities along the Oregon-California Trail and to guard the telegraph lines, volunteer regiments reoccupied Platte Bridge Station. The Indian threat reached a peak in the summer of 1865, when Lakota and Cheyenne descended on the trail from the Powder River country. At the time of the battle, the Platte Bridge Station was commanded by Major Martin Anderson of the 11th Kansas Cavalry. The garrison consisted of about 120 men of the Kansas Cavalry, detachments of Ohio Cavalry, and some volunteers. Following the battle, troops enlarged and rebuilt the fort in 1866, but the following year evacuated it and moved to Fort Fetterman, Wyoming. Almost immediately the Indians burned the buildings and the bridge.


Ekart, Umscheid, Riat, Hoferer and Repp family histories and photographs

Ekart, Umscheid, Riat, Hoferer and Repp family histories and photographs
Creator: Ekart, Sylvester C
Date: 1865-1993
These two volumes contain photographs of people and structures related to the various families in the title. There are also a number of copies of records from the St. Joseph Church, Flush, Kansas. Page 16A has a copy of a Civil War discharge (1865) for Constantin Umscheid, who served in Company H, 11th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry. The content was collected and compiled by Sylvester Ekart in the course of preparing the Ekart, Umscheid, Riat, Hoferer and Repp familiy histories. A name index is available by clicking on Text Version below.


General James Gillpatrick Blunt with band members, Paola, Kansas

General James Gillpatrick Blunt with band members, Paola, Kansas
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery
Date: 1864
This is a carte-de-visite showing General James Gillpatrick Blunt with eleven band members from the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and one from the Twelfth Volunteer Kansas Infantry. People are identified as (right to left): General James Gillpatrick Blunt, A. J. Shannon, William Bendix, M. X. Myers, Fred Marvin, Charles Warring, George Cohen, Henry Dutton, Wash Woolheter, Jack Halstead, Ed Walker, Captain George W. Quimby, John Myers, George Waite, Frank Mimers, M. E. Foote and George W. Mitchler. Blunt was commander of the District of South Kansas at the time this photograph was taken. It was possibly taken after the Battle of Westport/Mine Creek.


George Morton Walker

George Morton Walker
Date: Between 1862 and 1865
This is a photograph of Second Lieutenant George Morton Walker who served in Company C, 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He was from Emporia, Kansas and enlisted as a private on August 19, 1862, promoted to sergeant on September 13, 1862, promoted to Second Lieutenant on September 20, 1863, and mustered out on September 22, 1865. His account titled "Eleventh Kansas Cavalry, 1865, and Battle of Platte Bridge" is published in the 1918 Kansas Historical Collections.


Henry C. Lindsey's portfolio of personal, military & civil history

Henry C. Lindsey's portfolio of personal, military & civil history
Creator: Lindsey, Henry C. (Henry Carlton)
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
Certificates, newspaper articles, photographs, and other materials relating to Colonel Henry Clay Lindsey, a resident of Topeka, Kansas. He had a long military and public career serving in the Civil War, Indian campaigns in Western Kansas, and the Spanish-American War. Colonel Lindsey's public service includes four terms as Topeka police chief, first elected in 1871 and serving four years as deputy chief. He was Shawnee County commissioner for six years and during that time he was chairman of the board for three years.


Jeremiah S. Coffman

Jeremiah S. Coffman
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
A tintype portrait showing Jeremiah S. Coffman, a resident of Jefferson County, in his military uniform. Coffman was a member of Company E and later Company M, Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Coffman enlisted on March 22, 1864 and was mustered out September 26, 1865.


Josiah Meigs Hubbard

Josiah Meigs Hubbard
Date: Between 1862 and 1865
This is a carte-de-visite showing First Lieutenant Josiah Meigs Hubbard, a resident of Wabaunsee, Kansas, who served in Company K of the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He was born in Connecticut on July 16, 1832 and came to Kansas as a member of the Beecher Rifle Company. He was president of the first Wabaunsee town company and a member of the first Kansas State Senate. When the Civil War started, he enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment of the Kansas Volunteers and was mustered in on September 15, 1862 and served until the company was discharged on September 13, 1865. Hubbard left Kansas immediately after being discharged and returned to Connecticut. He married Miss H. E. Fairchild on July 6, 1863 and she died in 1867.


Members of Company G, Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

Members of Company G, Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Creator: Morris, H. H.
Date: 1863
A photograph showing members of Company G, Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. The soldiers are identified as seated (left to right) Fox Winne, N. D. Horton and standing Henry Barnes, Henry Boothe. The photograph was possibly taken in Galveston, Texas.


Muster out roll, Eleventh Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 2

Muster out roll, Eleventh Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 2
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
The muster out roll for Civil War soldiers in the Kansas Eleventh Cavalry volunteer unit. The lists may include name, rank, age, when and where they mustered in, last date of pay, and remarks. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


Our Father

Our Father
Creator: Porterfield, Burt Russell
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a biography of Jefferson Greene Porterfield. Included in the biography is a personal reminiscence of his participation in the Civil War. Porterfield was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, on February 11, 1838, the son of Milton and Eliza Ann Collier Porterfield. The family moved west to Missouri and later Iowa and back to Missouri. In the winter of 1855-1856, Jefferson's father went to Kansas Territory and located claims near Holton in Jackson County. The family built a lob cabin and began farming the land. On August 23, 1862, he enlisted in the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company B at Holton, Kansas. Porterfield describes the skirmishes the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry encountered including Prices' Raid, Battle of the Blue, and Mine Creek. In February, 1865, the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry was sent to Wyoming to Fort Bridger where they fought in the Battle of Platte River bridge. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1865. Porterfield returned to Jackson County where he resumed farming and teaching. The biography also contains marriage and family information.


Preston B Plumb

Preston B Plumb
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery
Date: January 12, 1865
Portrait of Preston B. Plumb, 1837-1891, in military uniform. He served in the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.


Preston Bierce Plumb

Preston Bierce Plumb
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows Preston Bierce Plumb, (1837-1891). Plumb a newspaper editor and publisher from Berkshire, Ohio, migrated, 1856, to the Kansas territory. A supporter of the Free State movement and founder of Emporia, Kansas, in 1857, Plumb was one of Kansas' prominent leaders. In 1858, he was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention. Three years later, in 1861, Plumb was elected as a Republican to the Kansas House of Representatives. The start of the Civil War put a temporary hold on Plumb's political career, when he enlisted in the Union Army as a second lieutenant with the 11th Kansas Infantry. When the regiment was reassigned as the 11th Kansas Cavalry, in 1863, Plumb served as captain, major, and lieutenant colonel. During the war he was involved in several skirmishes and battles including: Prairie Grove, Price's Raid, and Westport. At the close of the war, Plumb returned to Kansas. He resumed his political career by serving in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1867 to 1868. Plumb did not seek reelection, in 1869, but returned to private life in Emporia, Kansas. For several years Plumb practiced law and banking until 1877 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He served for fourteen years as a U.S. Senator from Kansas and was responsible for passing major legislation that preserved the conservation of natural resources in the United States. On December 20, 1891, Preston Bierce Plumb passed away at the age of fifty-four while serving in office.


Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence

Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence
Creator: Enderton, Sherman Bronson
Date: between 1868 and 1880
This pencil drawing on wood pulp paper shows Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, drawn by Sherman Enderton. Early in the morning of August 21, 1863, Confederate guerilla forces led by William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865, attacked Lawrence, Kansas, killing nearly 200 people and burning most of the town. Enderton was a private in Co. E, 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War.


Reminiscence of the early days told by Ferdinand Erhardt of Lincoln, Kansas

Reminiscence of the early days told by Ferdinand Erhardt of Lincoln, Kansas
Creator: Roenigk, Adolph, 1847-1938
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A reminiscence of Ferdinand Erhardt. Erhardt recounts his time working for the military, which involved lending his cattle to them for the movement of military supplies. He also tells of fights between the military and Indians, his nearness to Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, hunting for buffalo, and in contrast, some light-hearted moments he experienced.


Samuel Worthington to Enos

Samuel Worthington to Enos
Creator: Worthington, Samuel
Date: October 20, 1862
Samuel Worthington is writing from the Pea Ridge (Arkansas) Battlefield, though his unit did not participate in the battle. The letter is addressed to a friend named Enos. Worthington writes that "many gallant son[s] of the Union fell fighting for the Liberty of all mankind" He also notes that a friend Ben McCullough was killed near where he is writing and nothing marks the spot. He includes information about Union and Confederate troops in the area, asks for news from the neighborhood, and that his money had been stolen. His signature includes the information that he is a Private in Company A, 11th [Cavalry] Regiment, Kansas Volunteers. Worthington's place of residence when he mustered in was Leavenworth, Kansas. Note that the stationery has red and blue lines on some of the pages.


Samuel Worthington to "My Dear Mother"

Samuel Worthington to "My Dear Mother"
Creator: Worthington, Samuel
Date: August 22, 1864
Samuel Worthington was a Private in Company A, 11th [Cavalry] Regiment, Kansas Volunteers. Worthington's place of residence when he mustered in was Leavenworth, Kansas. Writing from Fort Riley, Kansas, this letter to his mother provides some sense of his mother's emotions by writing him about her fears for his safety. Worthington writes that he enjoys letters from home but he prefers not "to be constantly reminded how near it breaks your heart to have one away from home, etc., etc." He writes that his current duties are to copy dispatches that are to be sent to eastern newspapers such as the New York Times, the Boston Commonwealth, Harpers Weekly, and his home newspaper the Leavenworth Conservative. He feels that fears of Indian attacks are exaggerated in hopes of having more troops sent to Fort Riley. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Unidentified member of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

Unidentified member of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Date: Between 1860 and 1870
Mounted tintype portrait of an unidentified member of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.


Unidentified members of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

Unidentified members of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Date: Between 1863 and 1865
Photographs of unidentified members of the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. The photographers include J. P. Babbitt in Fort Scott, Kansas, David R. Hoag and Israel Quick in Cincinnati, Ohio, Durland & Company in Lawrence, Kansas, W. P. Bliss & Wentworth in Topeka, Kansas, S. M. Eby & Son in Kansas City, Missouri, Brown's Photography in Paola, Kansas, F. A. Olds in Covington, Indiana, R. H. Kimball & Company in Leavenworth, Kansas, and George W. Wertz in Kansas City, Missouri.


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