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The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1030

Scope and Contents

Holograph history of the Washita campaign and the subsequent battle of the Washita describing the movement and actions of the US 7th Cavalry from 22 November to 2 December 1868. The account is very detailed. The exact date of the record's composition is uncertain. It may have been written a number of years after the event. Also included are some observations on Custer and his actions against some hostile Indians when Mathey first met him in 1867.


  • 1875-1900


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Mathey participated as a member of the 17th Indiana Volunteers in the Civil War and retired from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1904. He joined the 7th Cavalry under the command of George A. Custer (1839-1876) in 1867. During the Washita campaign against the Cheyenne Indians in 1868, Mathey held the rank of lieutenant and was in charge of that regiment's pack train.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1978.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.


A published version of this record appears in John H. Carroll, ed. "The battle of the Washita: the Washita campaign and the battle of the Washita."

Register of the Washita campaign and battle of the Washita
Patsy Shin Hernandez
2010 July 28
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States