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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Feb 28, 21
Edited on:Feb 28, 21
Postmark: circa May 3, 1870 (Dakota Territory)
Origin: Fort Totten, North Dakota, UNITED STATES
Destination: Portsmouth, Ohio, UNITED STATES

"Fort Totten, Dak. May 3" circular datestamp and matching four-ring target cancel on 1864 3c pink on buff postal entire (U59) to Portsmouth, Ohio. Scarce early Dakota Territory fort use. ex Beals.

Fort Totten, Dakota Territory, was established by General A.H. Terry on July 17, 1867. The spot selected for the fort was located within the Devils Lake Indian Reservation, on the south side of Devils Lake. It was one of a series of forts built the protection of an overland route extending from southern Minnesota into western Montana. The other forts in the series were Abercrombie, Ransom, Stevenson, Buford and Camp Cooke at the mouth of the Judith River in Montana, and Benton. Fort Totten was decommissioned in 1890. The Fort Benton post office was established in 1869, and closed in 1890. The mail for Fort Totten was occasionally brought from Fort Wadsworth by dog train, even up to 1880, and but one mail delivery was received a week. Source: The History of Fort Totten by Harold W. Schunk, Superintendent, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Turtle Mountain Consolidated Agency, Belcourt, North Dakota, unpublished manuscript written in early 1940s.

The Fort was named for Brevet Major General Joseph Gilbert Totten (1788-1864), Chief Engineer of the Corp of Engineers.

Owner's ID: 2426
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For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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