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United States Army 5th Calvary correspondence and orders

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1688

Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence, handwritten and printed orders, and a handwritten campaign map. Also included are photocopies of handwritten correspondence apparently taken from a microfilm collection. The bulk of the materials were written in the summer and fall of 1876 during the campaigns against the Dakota and Cheyenne Indians. They document the activitiesand condition of the 5th Cavalry during these campaigns. Some letters also document that unit's activities in campaigning against the Ute Indians of Colorado in 1879. Many of the items are either to or from the 5th's commander, Wesley Merritt (1836-1910).


  • 1864-1881


Conditions Governing Access

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 United States Army 5th Calvary correspondence and orders must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Cavalry unit in the United States Army that participated in the campaigns against the Indians of the American West.


1 box (104 items.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts

Register of United States Army 5th Calvary correspondence and orders
Alex Christman
2013 February 27
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Language of description note
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