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Louis McLane Hamilton collection

Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-356


Correspondence, extracts of reports, printed obituaries and resolutions, newspaper clippings, 1867-1867, possibly collected by Benson John Lossing, concerning the life of Capt. Louis McLane Hamilton and his death at the Battle of Washita. Includes correspondence of Philip Hamilton (father) to Lossing, and Robert Mayhew West (forwarding copy of 7th Cavalry resolution on Hamilton's death to the Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle); ms. extracts from Custer's July 6, 1867, order praising Hamilton's actions; printed obituaries from New York newspapers; a printed copy of the West letter and accompanying resolution; and a newspaper articles containing Custer's report to Gen. W.T. Sherman on the battle.


  • Creation: 1867-1869


Biographical / Historical

Poughkeepsie, N.Y., native; grandson of Alexander Hamilton; Civil War veteran; and captain, 1866-1868, in the 7th U.S. Cavalry led by Col. George Armstrong Custer.,On Nov. 27, 1868, Hamilton was killed in the 7th's encounter (Battle of Washita) with an encampment of Cheyenne near present-day Cheyenne, Okla.


0.1 Linear Feet (9 items in 1 folder)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

Bibliographic References

Butler, R.L. Checklist of Mss. in the Ayer Coll.,,356

General Note

Ms. copy of 7th Cavalry resolution cataloged separately as Ayer MS 208.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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