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1 Sheridan, Philip H. et al. Report of the Secretary of War, Being Part of the Message and Documents communicated to the two Houses of Congress at the second session of the Forty-First Congress. Volume 1. 41st Congress, 2d Session. House of Representatives. Ex. Doc. 1, pt. 2.
Washington Government Printing Office 1870 no Full Leather Good No Jacket 
Full calf leather. 524 pp. With a title page preceding the above title, stating: 'Executive Documents Printed by Order of the House of Representatives During the Second Session of the Forty-First Congress. 1869-70. This dated 1870. With a 51 page index to the 13 volumes of these documents at the front. This volume prints the report of the Secretary of War, including an account of the various raids and battles fought during the Indian Wars of the prior year. Most of this commentary is written by General Philip H. Sheridan, head of the Department of the Missouri, a large administrative area encompassing the Great Plains and beyond. Sheridan recounts attacks led by General Custer against the Kiowas, as well as a band led by Black Kettle. Sheridan also reports on the general state of the geographic administrative area of the Missouri, commenting on the Native Americans, at one point referring to them as ' a lazy, idle vagabond,' that only wishes to fight and possess scalps. Several tables are included that both depict engagements and casualties suffered by the US Army, as well as 'murders, outrages, robberies and depradations committed by Indians.' Other reports on Native Americans include an account of trading whiskey and horses with the Nez Perce, a general account of the Sioux and other Indians of the Plains, an account of explorations and movements in Arizona, including fighting with the Apaches, etc. Also included are travels in Alaska, the Quartermaster General and Surgeon General's report, and a report from the Freedman's Bureau, which reports on living conditions and efforts made on behalf of former slaves. General Philip Sheridan was a noted Union officer in the Civil War, as well as being one of the first to use scorched earth tactics against the Confederacy. He used the same sort of tactics against the Native Americans during the Indian Wars, even advocating the mass slaughter of bison in order to force the Natvie Americans back onto their reservations. GOOD condition. Uneven darkening and minor staining to the leather, with some scuffing, heaviest along the extremities and spine. A 2 inch split present at the upper rear hinge, with a small split at the upper front. Light pulling and fraying to the head of the spine. Interior clean and solid with minor browning. Some offsetting to the endpapers. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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