Category Archives: Women’s History

Officers, Gentlemen, and Dakota Women

Theodore G. Carter, an officer in the 7th Minnesota, Company K, adds his recollection to the series on relationships between Army officers and Dakota women on the Minnesota frontier. (The five-part series started here.) In his reminiscences, published in the … Continue reading

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Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 5

This post is a classic exercise in doing history. A question that, based on a file of leads, appears to be straight-forward, actually has no clear answer.  Captain John S. Marsh of the 5th Minnesota Volunteers, Company B has always been a … Continue reading

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Army Officers and Dakota Women on the Minnesota Frontier, Part 3

      General Eli Lundy Huggins (left) and General John J. Pershing (right), whom Huggins used as an example of the practice of army officers fathering children with women native to the place where the officer was garrisoned. In … Continue reading

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A Woman vs. the Patronage System, 1881

Chester A. Arthur freely dispenses the patronage favors –jobs and contracts –said to have won his appointment as Vice President. Arthur became President upon the death of  James Garfield (by assassination) six weeks after Caroline McMaster wrote the last letter … Continue reading

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