William T. Sherman letter

William T. Sherman letter

Dates: 1874

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.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
  • Call Number: MSS 7713
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Technical Requirements
The original letter is condition restricted. The photocopy is available for patron use. See the Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access the original.
Maintained in original order.
Conditions of 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 Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7713; William T. Sherman letter; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
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.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Peter Crawley; 2011.
Subject Terms
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891--Correspondence; United States. Army; Walker, Francis Amasa, 1840-1897; Church and state--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Immigration and American Expansion; Military; Mormons--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century; Pioneers; Politics, Government, and Law
Processing Information
Processed; Amie Spear, student manuscript processor, and David Whittaker, curator; January 2011.
Appraisal Information
This is an important letter that connected the "solution" for both Native Americans and the Mormons in 1874. Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Sherman (William T.) letter
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amie Spear
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-07-21T11:40-0600
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Biographical History

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

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