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Guide to the Oscar Fitzalan Long papers, 1872-1926
BANC MSS C-B 939  
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    Collection Title: Oscar Fitzalan Long Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1872-1926
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 939
    Origination: Long, Oscar Fitzalan, 1852-1928
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence, army orders, maps and manuscripts of military pamphlets. Relate to Lon's army career, especially to battles with the Montana Indians of the Yellowstone District, 1877-1878, and to his work in the Quartermaster Dept.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Oscar Fitzalan Long papers, BANC MSS C-B 939, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Oscar Fitzalan Long, born in 1852, was appointed to West Point in 1872. Upon graduation he joined the 5th U. S. Infantry. In 1877 he fought under Nelson A. Miles against the Montana Indians -the Sioux, Nez Percé, Cheyenne and Bannock tribes -in the battles of Wolf Mountain, Lame Deer, Bear Paw Mountain and Milk River, and received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action in the battle of Bear Paw Mountain. In 1896 Captain Long was assigned to San Francisco with the Quartermaster Corps. Here he equipped the army sailing to the Philippines, and organized overseas transport service between San Francisco and the Philippines. He was commissioned Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in 1892, Major and Quartermaster in 1901, Lieutenant Colonel in June 1904, and retired as a Brigadier General in July 1904. He made his home in Piedmont, California, after his retirement, and became president of the California Wire Cloth Company of Oakland. He died on Dec. 28, 1928.

    Scope and Content

    Bancroft Library purchased the papers from John Howell in July, 1964. The papers include correspondence, 1876-1926, some of it relating to Long's service in Montana and some addressed to Nelson A. Miles; a letterpress volume of Long's letters, 1903-1904, while Quartermaster in Washington, D. C.; army orders; manuscripts and printed copies of pamphlets relating to military matters; miscellaneous papers relating to Long's army career, to the expedition to Alaska on the Dakota, 1882, and to genealogies of the Mabie and Veeder families; and army maps of the Montana area