JACOB D. COX
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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