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M-534 Fort Huachuca Army Surgeon Correspondence

ABSTRACT: Letter from Army surgeon at Fort Huachuca, 1882.

SCOPE: This letter, dated April 17, 1882, was written by an Army surgeon stationed at Fort Huachuca in the Arizona Territory. The letter describes efforts to engage with Apache people and a visit by General William Tecumseh Sherman. The envelope is addressed to a Dr. Durnall at the Army Medical Museum in Washington D.C.

EXTENT: Three pages and envelope.

HISTORY: The 6th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army established Camp Huachuca in 1877. In the midst of the Apache Wars, a long series of conflicts between soldiers and Apache people, the camp was designed to increase border security. In the early 1880s, the Army responded to increasingly frequent raids by the Apache people by expanding patrols of the area. The camp was reclassified as Fort Huachuca in 1882.

ACCESS: Due to the fragile nature of this collection, physical access may be restricted. Please contact the library for further information. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus. The letters are available for remote & online viewing on the UMSL Digital Library as the M-534 Fort Huachuca Army Surgeon Correspondence.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."