HISTORIC BOOK OF ARMY TELEGRAMS RELATING TO THE INDIAN WARS AFTER THE CUSTER MASSACRE
"Property of Lieut. Colonel P.B. Rhodes" and also has what appears to be a museum acquisition number. The contents consist of 233 numbered telegrams (many with multiple pages) on onion-skin message forms bearing the letterhead of the Northwestern Telegraph Company. These telegrams are rubber stamped with the imprint “RECEIVED HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT of DAKOTA” and a date. The Army’s Department of Dakota coordinated the Indian Wars in the northwest. The headquarters of the department were located at St. Paul, Minnesota under the command of General Alfred H. Terry. The messages are all dated in the period of September to December 1876. The telegrams relate to Army matters of all types including the disposition of men and supplies, affairs with friendly and hostile tribes, the pursuit of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, etc.