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Letter concerning a beef contract, sent to General William Hazen at the new Fort Wichita, in Indian Territory, sent a week before the camp was renamed Fort Sill.
Manuscript Letter signed: "J. D. Cox" as Secretary of the Interior, 1 page, 7¾x10. Washington, D.C., 1869 July 26. To General W. B. Hazen, Camp Wichita, I. T. [Indian Territory]. In full: "I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th ultimo, in relation to a contract for beef entered into by you, and, for your information, transmit herewith, a copy of a letter of the 19th instant, from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and a copy of a letter, of this date, addressed from this Department to the Secretary of War, in relation to the subject. Very respectfully ". Jacob Dolson Cox (1828-1900) became a brigadier general of U.S. volunteers early in the Civil War. He commanded a division at South Mountain and Sharpsburg (1862), commanded the military district of Ohio (1863), and then returned to divisional command in the Atlanta campaign. He served one term as Governor of Ohio (1866-1867), failing to secure re-nomination because of his support for President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction policies. He was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Grant (1869-1870), but resigned in protest over the administration's failure to promote civil service reform. He was elected in 1876 to one term in Congress, and later served as president of the University of Cincinnati. He wrote prolifically and controversially about the Civil War. This letter is addressed to General William B. Hazen, a Union Civil War General stationed on the Western frontier. Hazen would later testify against Secretary of War William Belknap in procurement scandals which led to Belknap's impeachment. Belknap was not yet Secretary when this letter was written. General Hazen had recommended the establishment of Camp Wichita, near what is now Lawton, Oklahoma, just months before. On August 1, 1869, the camp given its present name, Fort Sill. Creased and toned. Multiple mailing folds. Signature lightly bled but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 27, 1828 in Montreal, Canada
Died: August 4, 1900 in Gloucester, Massachusetts

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