Correspondence, accounts and papers mainly as agent for the Ute Indians in New Mexico, 1854-1861. Some Thomas Oliver Boggs
papers relating to Carson's estate included.
Christopher Carson, trapper, guide, Indian agent, soldier, was born in Kentucky in 1809 and soon emigrated with his family
to Missouri. When 17 he joined a hunting expedition and for eight years lived as a trapper, ranging as far as California in
1829. He later was appointed hunter for Bent's Fort. When returning from a visit to his family he met John C. Frémont who
hired him as guide for his explorations. Since Carson know many of the Indian tribes, their languages and their territories
he proved invaluable to Frémont, actively participating in the conquest of California and in the battles for the recovery
of Los Angeles. In 1847 Carson went to Washington, bearing dispatches. In 1853 he drove 6,500 sheep over the mountains into
California. Upon his return he was appointed Indian Agent at Taos in New Mexico. As agent he was instrumental in bringing
about treaties between the United States and the Indians. With the advent of the Civil War Carson aided in organizing the
first New Mexican Volunteer Infantry and took part in the battle of Valverde in 1862. In 1865 he was brevetted brigadier general
of volunteers. He died in 1868.
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Number of microfilm reels: 3
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