Greely Expedition Survivor Sergt. Julius Frederick, U.S. Signal Corps, autographed card with rank. 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 Julius Frederick
Survived the expedition
At 5'2" tall, Julius "shorty" Frederick served as the regular cook at Fort Conger. In April 1884, Frederick, while on a mission to find food, goes 12 miles out of his way to bury George Rice who had succumbed to hypothermia. After surviving, Frederick worked as an assistant observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau. He named his two daughters Thetis and Sabine after the cape where his party was stranded and the ship that had rescued him. He died on January 6, 1904 of stomach cancer.
"To Sergeants Brainard, Frederick, and Long,
Private Henry having been repeatedly guilty of stealing the provisions of this party, which is now perishing slowly by starvation, has so far been condoned and pardoned. It is, however, imperatively ordered that if this man be detected either eating food of any kind not issued him regularly, or making caches, or appropriating any article of provisions, you will at once shoot him and report the matter to me. Any other course would be fatal leniency, the man being able to overpower any two of our present force.
A.W. Greely, 1st Lieut., 5th Cav.,
A.S.O. & Asst. Comdng., Lady Franklin Bay Expedition
"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.