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General Order No. 1, 18th Kansas Cavalry

General Order No. 1, 18th Kansas Cavalry
Creator: Moore, Horace L. (Horace Ladd), 1837-1914
Date: July 17, 1867
This order for the 18th Kansas Cavalry, located at Fort Harker, regulates the maintenance of cavalry horses. Fort Harker was established to provide protection for the Kansas Stage Line and the military supply trains traveling the Smoky Hill Trail and the Fort Riley Road. As stated in the order, these regulations are essential because "the efficiency of every cavalry command depends much upon the condition of its horses."


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.


Muster out roll, Eighteenth Battalion, Cavalry, Kansas Volunteers, volume 5

Muster out roll, Eighteenth Battalion, Cavalry, Kansas Volunteers, volume 5
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1867
This is the muster out roll for soldiers in the Kansas Eighteenth Battalion, 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.


Sword bayonet

Sword bayonet
Date: between 1858 and 1864
This steel bayonet has a curved steel blade with blood grooves, tapering to broken tip. It was used with an English Pattern 1858 short rifle. The crossguard has rounded finials and a muzzle ring. According to label affixed to one side of hilt, this weapon was picked up on the Spotsylvania battlefield by Benjamin Walker of the 18th Kansas Cavalry, Company G. The label's wording is deceptive because the 18th Kansas was an Indian Wars regiment. Walker was a private with Company I of the 57th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. The 57th fought at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1864, where Walker apparently picked up the bayonet. After the war, Walker settled in Kansas and probably enlisted in the 18th Kansas Cavalry during the Indian Wars.


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