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Letter from Fort Harker, Kansas

Call Number: RH MS P826


This 8-page letter from J. M. Forshee, a Northern Pacific Railroad operator at Fort Harker, Kansas is written to a friend on August 11 [circa 1867] approximately two weeks after Forshee's arrival at the fort. Forshee describes his previous grueling work schedule while at Junction City, the state of the cholera threat at the fort, the extent of the railroad track and its use as far west as Ellsworth, the Indian threat, and the anticipated arrival of Indian Commissioners on October 1 to seek peace with tribal chiefs.


  • August 11, approximately 1867


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1 folder ; 25 x 38 cm

Physical Location

RH MS P826

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, William J.B. Burger, 2003

Guide to the J. M. Forshee Letter
Letter from Fort Harker, Kansas
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Forshee, J. M, Letter from Fort Harker, Kansas, Kansas Collection, RH MS P826, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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