The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita

The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita

Dates: 1875-1900

Holograph history of the Washita campaign and the subsequent battle of the Washita describing the movement and actions of the US 7th Cavalry from 22 November to 2 December 1868. The account is very detailed. The exact date of the record's composition is uncertain. It may have been written a number of years after the event. Also included are some observations on Custer and his actions against some hostile Indians when Mathey first met him in 1867.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Mathey, Edward Gustave, 1837-1915
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1030
  • 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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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
A published version of this record appears in John H. Carroll, ed. "The battle of the Washita: the Washita campaign and the battle of the Washita."
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1030; The Washita campaign and battle of the Washita; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1030, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1978.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1978.
Subject Terms
Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876; United States. Army. Cavalry, 7th--History; Cheyenne Indians--History; Washita Campaign, 1868-1869
Genre / Form
Histories; Memoirs
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Washita campaign and battle of the Washita
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Finding aid prepared by Patsy Shin Hernandez
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-09T04:12-0600
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Biographical History

Mathey participated as a member of the 17th Indiana Volunteers in the Civil War and retired from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1904. He joined the 7th Cavalry under the command of George A. Custer (1839-1876) in 1867. During the Washita campaign against the Cheyenne Indians in 1868, Mathey held the rank of lieutenant and was in charge of that regiment's pack train.

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