Two page ALS dated Sept 1st, 1868 from future general Frank M. Coxe concerning the deliberate murder of Private George Robinson, Company D, 40th US Infantry by 2nd Lt Charles E. Hargous of the same regiment. An incredible and detailed account of Robinson's murder and the open racism by 19th century military officers.
Included is the original two page "Headquarters Department of the South" General Orders No. 12 concerning the murder by and court martial of Lt Hargous. The order is dated March 8th, 1869.
Both items are in fine condition, the signature on the letter appears to be a clipped one added to the letter by Coxe himself. These two items came directly from Coxe's scrapbook of his retained copies and they detail a shameful and callous murder of a black private soldier by a white officer.
This did not affect Hargous, he went on to have an eventful and exciting military career.
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Battle of Wolf Mountain:
"...The report of the Indian rifles sent the soldiers in camp scrambling for their weapons. Within moments officers
formed their companies into skirmish lines and encircled the bivouac in a protective ring. Hearing the gunfire,
Miles directed Captain James S. Casey to take his company (A, Fifth Infantry) and one of the field artillery pieces
to a hilltop approximately three-quarters of a mile to the northwest. The commanding officers also directed Lt.
Charles E. Hargous to lead his mounted infantry to a position near Casey's and assist in the relief of the scouting
party. By the time Casey and Hargous were in position, the number of Lakota warriors had swelled to over two
hundred. Intense firing lasted for over an hour, but began to wane when artillery shells found their mark within the
ranks of the attacking warriors who, by then, occupied positions in the rock-encrusted hills opposite the scout's tree
grove. By dusk, all in the valley was quiet. The three companies sent to relieve Kelly and the Crow warriors
returned to camp, as the scouts themselves did. Tensions, however, still ran high. Miles thought the Lakotas and
Cheyennes had broken off their attack to regroup among the hills of the western divide, and were preparing to
return for a direct assault upon the camp..."