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ULYSSES S. GRANTD.S. "U.S. Grant", 1p. Oblong 4to., 'Headquarters" [n.p.], Aug. 9, 1867, a signed endorsement responding to Major Gen. Henry Halleck's request that an reservation be expanded to accommodate "troublesome" Indians. Halleck, then in command of the Military Division of the Pacific, forwards Major G. Chapin's sketch of the military reservation Camp Goodwin, Arizona Territory. The sketch proposes an expanded reservation six miles square: "...Composed chiefly of gravelly mesas...covered with stunted shrubs & different varieties of cacti...mesquite trees are found in the low grounds...it is needed of the size indicated because of the small amount of arable land...and the necessity of keeping a large number of Indian prisoners upon it...". Halleck approves the measure, and Grant endorses it as well: "Respectfully forwarded to the Secretary of War approved". Additionally signed by AAG EDWARD D. TOWNSEND. Two letters in Grants signature lightly brushed, else very good. By 1871 the underfed Apaches at Camp Goodwin and Grant would often leave the reservation to maraud with Cochise and other bands of renegades. A federal grand jury would find that quartermasters routinely stole goods and provisions, and military officers at the reservations took great advantage of their charges, both monetarily and sexually.
Estimate $ 1,200-1,500

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