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Letters to Wendell Phillips Garrison (The Nation)

Call Number: RH MS P829


These two letters to Wendell Phillips Garrison, editor of The Nation, were written by U.S. Army surgeon Stevens G. Cowdrey while posted at Fort Harker, Kansas and Fort Gibson in Indian Territory (later the state of Oklahoma). In his 1870 letter from Fort Harker, Cowdrey describes his anticipation of hunting wild game as well as Native Americans in the company of Major Joseph Tilford's 7th Cavalry. He also describes the commonplace violence among Ellsworth, Kansas inhabitants that require his services.


  • Creation: February 16, 1870 and October 8, 1871


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Biography of Stevens G. Cowdrey (1838-1891)

Stevens G. Cowdrey was born in 1838 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He received a medical degree from Harvard University and initially practiced medicine in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he married Mary Hall. He served as a Union physician during the Civil War, and in 1868 was appointed Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Army.

Cowdrey served at various frontier military posts, including Fort Harker in Ellsworth County, Kansas and Fort Gibson in Indian Territory. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 1890. Dr. Cowdrey died at New York City in 1891.

Wendell Phillips Garrison, the recipient of Cowdrey's two letters, graduated from Harvard University in 1861. He was literary editor of The Nation from 1865 to 1906.


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RH MS P829

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, William J. B. Burger, 2003

Guide to the Stevens G. Cowdrey Letters
Letters to Wendell Phillips Garrison (The Nation)
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Letters to Wendell Phillips Garrison (<emph render="italic">The Nation</emph>), Kansas Collection, RH MS P829, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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