Nelson Appleton Miles letters

Nelson Appleton Miles letters

Dates: 1875-1898

24 items: 20 handwritten letters; 1 typewritten letter; 1 printed program from an 1877 banquet in his honor; and a 1935 newspaper account detailing his campaign against the Indians in 1876. Two letters are undated. Most are addressed to Lieutenant (later Captain) Frank D. Baldwin. Letters contain requests for supplies and teamsters in preparation for his Indian campaigns; a report on an engagement with the Sioux under Sitting Bull in December 1876; and other personal and official matters.

  • Extent: 24 items (0.09 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1023
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1023; Nelson Appleton Miles letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1023, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Rosenstock in 1978.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Rosenstock; 1978.
Subject Terms
Baldwin, Frank Dwight, 1842-1923; Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925--Correspondence; United States. Army--Biography; Dakota Indians--Wars, 1876; Indians of North America--Wars--1866-1895; Military; Politics, Government, and Law
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Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Miles (Nelson Appleton) letters
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-02T04:07-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical Sketch

Officer in the U.S. Army. Entered Union Army during Civil War (1861-1865) as a Lieutenant, commanding company of Massachusetts volunteers. Ended war as Brevet Major General in command of 26,000 troops. Received regular commission as a Colonel in the U.S. Army in 1865, given command of 5th Infantry in the Western states.

Defeated the Cheyenne, Kiowa and Commanche (1874-1875); successfully fought against the Sioux, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse (1876-1880); overtook the Nez Perce and forced their surrender (1877); defeated the Apache under Geronimo (1886); and forced the final surrender of the Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota (1890-1891). Promoted to Brigadier General in 1880; Major General in 1890; and Liutenant General in 1901. Appointed commander of the Army in 1895. Retired from active duty in 1903.

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