Fort Vancouver (Washington) records 1854-1866

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Fort Vancouver (Washington) records 1854-1866

MS 048


Collection Summary

Creator: Fort Vancouver (Wash.)
Collection Name: Fort Vancouver (Washington) records
Inclusive Dates: 1854-1866
Physical Description:.1 linear feet
Abstract:Located at the border of Washington and Oregon, it was a Hudson Bay Company trading post from 1829-1846. One portfolio containing printed and holographic items related primarily to the 4th Infantry, based at Fort Vancouver. The earliest material consists of nine monthly post returns from 1854, signed by the commanding officer, Lt. Col. Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville. These post returns list officers by name; enlisted men by count; civil employees, their duties, and rate of pay; official communications received; also the names of anyone sick, or in confinement for desertion. A food survey report from 1856 is concerned with rotten pork, hard bread, and moldy coffee. Later correspondence, special orders, and general orders date from 1860 to 1866.
Collection Number:MS 048
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

Located at the border of Washington and Oregon, it was a Hudson Bay Company trading post from 1829-1846. Established by the U.S. Army as Columbia Barracks in 1849, it was renamed Fort Vancouver in 1853, and officially designated Vancouver Barracks in 1879. In the 1860's, it served as headquarters for the District of Oregon, re- designated the Department of the Columbia in 1865.


Scope and Content Note

One portfolio containing printed and holographic items related primarily to the 4th Infantry, based at Fort Vancouver. The earliest material consists of nine monthly post returns from 1854, signed by the commanding officer, Lt. Col. Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville. These post returns list officers by name; enlisted men by count; civil employees, their duties, and rate of pay; official communications received; also the names of anyone sick, or in confinement for desertion. A food survey report from 1856 is concerned with rotten pork, hard bread, and moldy coffee. Later correspondence, special orders, and general orders date from 1860 to 1866. Most are directed from Vancouver Barracks to Fort Yamhill, Oregon; some of these concern the Blockhouse on the Siletz Reservation. Unrelated Civil War material from 1862 consists of official correspondence, telegrams, and orders pertaining to the 14th U.S. Infantry, Army of the Potomac, stationed at Fort Trumbull, Conn., and in the field in Virginia. The majority are signed by Lorenzo Thomas, Adjutant General, Washington, D.C.


Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically and by infantry unit.

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Bonneville, Benjamin Louis Eulalie de, 1796-1878.
Thomas, Lorenzo, 1804-1875.

Corporate Name(s)
Fort Trumbull (Conn.)
United States. Army -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
United States. Army. Infantry, 14th.
United States. Army. Infantry, 4th.

Geographic Name(s)
Fort Yamhill (Or.)
Siletz Indian Reservation (Or.) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.

Subject(s)
Fortification -- Washington (State) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon -- History.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Washington (State) -- Sources.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Fort Vancouver (Washington) records (MS 048). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

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