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William T. Sherman letter

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7713

Scope and Contents

The William T. Sherman letter is addressed to Francis Amasa Walker and is dated August 20, 1874. At the time of the writing, Sherman was the Commander-in-Chief of the US Army. Sherman expresses his views on the topic of a book, and adds comments on the Mormon problem-suggesting that both Mormons and Indians must be assimilated into American society to survive the consequences of the westward movement.


  • 1874 August 20


Conditions Governing Access

Original restricted. Photocopy available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William T. Sherman letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

William T. Sherman (1820-1891) was an American soldier and prominent Union general during the Civil War (1861-1865).


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Purchased from Peter Crawley in January 2011. Peter Crawley purchased the letter from the William Reese Company in December 2010. William Reese purchased the letter at Swann Galleries. The letter was in the hands of descendents until purchased by Swann Galleries at auction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Peter Crawley; 2011.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy available in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Amie Spear, student manuscript processor, and David Whittaker, curator; January 2011.

Register of the William T. Sherman letter
Amie Spear
2011 January 7
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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