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BRIGADIER GENERAL ELY S. PARKER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/15/1870 - HFSID 309263

Handwritten letter by the Seneca sachem and important aide to General and President Grant, forwarding a volume on Indian Tribes in the United States, authored by one of his scholarly friends. The final draft of Lee's surrender at Appomattox is written in Parker's hand!

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ELY S. PARKER
Handwritten letter by the Seneca sachem and important aide to General and President Grant, forwarding a volume on Indian Tribes in the United States, authored by one of his scholarly friends. The final draft of Lee's surrender at Appomattox is written in Parker's hand!
Autograph Letter signed: "E. S. Parker" as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1 page, 5x8. Washington, D.C., 1870 June 15. On letterhead of the Office of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, to J. T. Smith, Galena, Illinois. In full: "By the mail of this day I forward to you, Sixth Volume of the edition of Schoolcraft's History of Indian Tribes in the United States. [Item not included.] This is the only volume now in possession of this Office, but it forms a compendium of the preceding volumes which are entirely exhausted. Very respectfully your obedient servant". Ely Samuel Parker (1828-1895), a Seneca, born Hasanoanda but baptized with a Christian name by his missionary father, was a lawyer, engineer and tribal sachem. In the 1840s, his father's home had become a gathering place for scholars interested in Native American history and culture. These included anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan; Western explorer John Wesley Powell; and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, author of the monumental work cited in this letter. While supervising federal engineering projects in Galena, Illinois, Parker became a close friend of Ulysses S. Grant. Initially refused a commission in the US Army during the Civil War because he was not a US citizen - Native Americans were not recognized as such until 1924 - he turned to Grant, he welcomed him to his staff. Serving first in engineering duties, Parker became Grant's adjutant in 1863, serving in the Chattanooga Campaign and moving East with Grant to the Virginia theater in 1864. Parker was present at Appomattox, and drafted the final text of the surrender document signed by Robert E. Lee (April 9, 1865). He was brevetted brigadier general two weeks later. Parker was the only Native American to achieve the rank of general in the Union Army. (Staid Waitie became a Confederate general.) Parker remained on Grant's staff after the War, active in negotiating treaties with Native American tribes which had supported the Confederacy. President Grant appointed him Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1869-1871), where he influence and actively promoted Grant's less confrontational approach to Indian nations of the Western frontier. Ruined financially in the Panic of 1873, Parker died in poverty. Multiple mailing folds. Toned. Edges creased and lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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