Greely Expedition Survivor Private Maurice Connell autographed card with date. Signed shortly after their rescue in 1884.
This incredible arctic journey started with 25 U. S. Army personnel, and over the course of three years they accomplished many new arctic records and scientific achievements.
It was when they left their base at Fort Conger, after failing to be retrieved as agreed by the navy, that the real trouble began.
The horrors faced by the men on this expedition during this journey to be rescued defy description. Upon their eventual rescue by Admiral W. S. Schley's expedition, quiet charges of cannibalism were made against the survivors. The six survivors denied they did anything wrong, but as you see from Schley's report below, the bodies told a different story.
Card measures 4.25" x 2.5" and is in fine condition.
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Private Maurice Connell
Born: February 1, 1852
Survived the expedition
While at Fort Conger, Maurice Connell assisted in meteorological observations and was in charge of the chronograph during experiments. After rescue, he worked for the Signal Service of the U.S. Army and for the Weather Bureau. He died in June 1921.
"The work of taking up the bodies was one of little difficulty. It was only needed to remove the thin covering of sand from the mounds that formed the graves. Little could be seen of the conditions of the bodies, as they had been clothed, and all appeared to be intact. In preparing them subsequently, it was found that six, those of Lieutenant Kislingbury, and of Jewell, Ralston, Henry, Whistler and Ellis, had been cut, and flesh removed. Care was taken that there should be no mistake about their identity, and as each one was taken up, it was given a number corresponding with a number on a drawing made of the burial-ground. who had been in charge of the burials, so that identification was complete."
W. S. Schley, Commander.