Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

















































































































































 -  We got only enough to make ourselves
comfortable during the winter, for it seems to be the general belief
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We Got Only Enough To Make Ourselves Comfortable During The Winter, For It Seems To Be The General Belief Here That These Companies Of Infantry Will Be Ordered To Camp Supply, Indian Territory, In The Spring.

It must be a most dreadful place - with old log houses built in the hot sand hills, and surrounded by almost every tribe of hostile Indians.

It may not be possible for me to write again for several days, as I will be very busy getting settled in the house. I must get things arranged just as soon as I can, so I will be able to go out on horseback with Faye and Lieutenant Baldwin.

FORT LYON, COLORADO TERRITORY, October, 1871.

WHEN a very small girl, I was told many wonderful tales about a grand Indian chief called Red Jacket, by my great-grandmother, who, you will remember, saw him a number of times when she, also, was a small girl. And since then - almost all my life - I have wanted to see with my very own eyes an Indian - a real noble red man - dressed in beautiful skins embroidered with beads, and on his head long, waving feathers.

Well, I have seen an Indian - a number of Indians - but they were not Red Jackets, neither were they noble red men. They were simply, and only, painted, dirty, and nauseous-smelling savages! Mrs. Phillips says that Indians are all alike - that when you have seen one you have seen all. And she must know, for she has lived on the frontier a long time, and has seen many Indians of many tribes.

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