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King (Charles) Papers
mssHM 63657-63691  
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Charles King papers
    Creator: King, Charles, 1844-1933
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 63657-63691
    Physical Description: 1.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1875-1954
    Date (bulk): 1924-1928
    Date (bulk): 1924-1928
    Abstract: A collection of correspondence of Charles King, American soldier, novelist and historian.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Charles King papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of William T. Corbusier, April 1968.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles King (1844-1933), was a soldier, novelist and historian; he graduated from West Point in 1866. In 1871 he was a lieutenant in the U.S. 5th Cavalry under General George Crook. In 1874, King was shot in the arm during a skirmish with Apache Indians. His wound forced him to retire from the military in 1879. King then became a teacher of military science and tactics, and in 1882 he became a colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard. King wrote many works of fiction and non-fiction about U.S. military history including Campaigning with Crook, which was published in 1890.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 44 items which consists primarily of correspondence by Charles King to fellow soldier George O. Eaton. In these letters, King reminisces about his time in the military and his involvement in the Indian Wars under General Crook. He writes about Buffalo Bill; George Crook; George Custer; Sitting Bull; Alfred Terry; the Shoshoni Indians; the Apache Indians; the Yavapai Indians; and the Wisconsin National Guard. There are also letters by George O. Eaton and Walter Scribner Schuyler, which are about their experiences in the U.S. military. The ephemera consists of photographs of George O. Eaton and William Henry Corbusier (a fellow soldier and addressee in the collection), two printed items and five newspaper clippings regarding Charles King's military career, George Custer and Buffalo Bill.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Brooke Black, May 2002. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy finding aid.


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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Apache Indians -- Wars, 1872-1873
    Generals -- United States -- History
    Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1866-1895
    Indians of North America -- Wars -- Arizona
    Shoshoni Indians
    Yavapai Indians
    Arizona -- History -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence)
    Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
    Corbusier, William Henry, 1844-1930
    Crook, George, 1829-1890
    Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876
    Eaton, George O., 1848-1930
    Schuyler, Walter Scribner, 1850-1932
    Sitting Bull, 1831-1890
    Terry, Alfred Howe, 1827-1890
    United States. Army. Cavalry, 5th
    Wisconsin. National Guard