Charles King Papers mssHM 63657-63691

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
May 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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.


Arranged alphabetically.

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

Box 1, Folder 1-38

Charles King papers 1875-1954

Scope and Contents

The box contains correspondence (mssHM 63657-63691); letters were written from New York, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and California. The box also contains 3 folders of ephemera: clippings, pamphlets, and 2 photographs.