Letter from Brigadier General Benjamin Alvord to Washington Territorial Governor William Pickering, July 28, 1862

Title

Letter from Brigadier General Benjamin Alvord to Washington Territorial Governor William Pickering, July 28, 1862

Subject

Migration

Description

Alvord tells the governor, “I assure you that my long residence in this country leads me to take a deep interest in the welfare and prosperity of the Territory and in the defense of its frontier. I look with special concern to the incoming emigration, and the moment I arrived I turned my attention to taking steps for its protection.”

Although new to command of the District of Oregon, Alvord was not new to the territory’s military situation. He had served in the Northwest since the early 1850s. (Source: Cullum’s Register).

Governor Pickering’s letter congratulating General Alvord on his promotion to Brigadier General and assignment as commander of the Oregon District is included in this database. The orders mentioned have not been included.

Abstract

General Alvord informs Governor Pickering of plans to protect the growing number of emigrants expected in Washington Territory during the coming season. Colonel Maury’s troops will station themselves at Snake Indian danger points, and Mr. Crawford’s forces will follow the emigrants in the late season. Major Rinearson’s troops will protect the Nez Perce tribe from white depredation. Alvord supports a US Senate measure to end the Indian land title and hopes that it will pass the House as well.

Creator

Alvord, Benjamin, 1813-1884

Source

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Publisher

Fort Vancouver, WT

Date Issued

1862-07-28

Medium

Digital file

Type

letter

Bibliographic Citation

Vol. L (Part 2). Series I. Serial 106. Chapter LXII.

Spatial Coverage

Washington Territory

Provenance

eHistory. Ohio State University.

URL

http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/records/list.cfm

Start Page

42

End Page

43