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Title: Thomas Bainbridge to Walt Whitman, 15 May 1870

Date: May 15, 1870

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00121

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Chub Creek
Wyoming Territory
May 15th 1870

Friend Walt

Agreeable to promise I take the few leisure moments allotted to me to drop you a few lines. We started from Washington on the 31st of March and arrived at Omaha Neb on the 19th of April and layed over their for orders. And then started for Fort D. A. Russell Wyoming1 and remained their a few days and started on a march through the Country for Chug Creek2 about 50 miles from the Fort.

We have a very pretty little Camp with one or two exceptions that is shade and lumber to fix it up in the proper maner, it is situated in a Valley and near the Creek. the Camp is entirely surrounded by water. I wish you to go to the Paymaster General for me and request him to see if he can do anything in regard to that Bounty claim of mine, in the hands of Jno H Hodgest3 Winchester Virginia. and if he cannot I wish you to take it in hands and collect it if possible and you shall be rewarded for your trouble. I will close for the present

Your Friend
Thomas Bainbridge

Co "K 5th Cavalry
Wyoming Territory
Fort D. A. Russell

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming Territory, was named after David Allen Russell, a celebrated soldier who died in the Third Battle of Winchester in 1864. The fort was built in 1867 to secure the Union Pacific Railroad, which was under construction at the time. Troops stationed at the fort in the 1870s frequently became involved in skirmishes against Native Americans. The fort was renamed Fort Francis E. Warren in 1929. [back]

2. Chug Creek was located in Platte County, Wyoming, United States. [back]

3. As yet we have no information about this person. [back]


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