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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: markrogers
Added on:May 9, 24
Edited on:May 10, 24
Postmark: circa May 5, 1860
Origin: Fort Buchanan, New Mexico, UNITED STATES
Destination: Williamsburg, Virginia, UNITED STATES

Fort Buchanan, N.M., May 5, circa 1860 cds on 3ยข red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire addressed in the hand of Captain Richard S. Ewell (commander 1st Dragoons, U.S. Army, later a general in C.S.A. Army), to his niece Elizabeth in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Endorsed "Via Washington D.C.", carried by Military Express to Tubac, then by Lathrop's Buckboard Mail to Tucson, and from Tucson to St. Louis by Butterfield Overland Mail.

Fort Buchanan (briefly originally called Camp Moore), was the first Military Post in the Gadsden Purchase. It was established in late 1856, to administer the new land acquired.

Docketing note on back "Relating to child recaptured from Indians".

In early 1860 Captain Ewell successfully negotiated the release of eleven-year old Mercedes Sias Quiroz, one of two young women abducted by Pinal Apaches. In recognition of his efforts, one of four Arizona territorial counties was named Ewell. It is interesting to note that this area is now "Cochise" County, named after the famous Apache Indian, who actually injured Ewell in one battle.


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