Official Army Register for January, 1878
Published by Order of the Secretary of War, In Compliance with the Resolution of the Senate of December 13, 1815, and Resolutions of the House of Representatives Dated February 1, 1830, and August 30, 1842. Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 1, 1878. Washington DC: Adjutant General's Office, 1883.
First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. , 258 pages. 4 folding charts in back. Rebound in later red cloth with title on the spine. Newer end sheets. Some closed tears and edge wear to the 4 charts in back of the register. Chart B is split in half. The title page has a small closed edge tear. This copy is heavily marked in pencil and red pencil with several notes and names concerning the "Powder River Expedition" in Montana 1876. Not to be confused with the 1865 Powder River Expedition the 1876 Powder River Expedition was lead in three stages by General Crook (March, May, and November). See below for details on handwritten notes. Good. Item #15825
This copy has several hand written marks, notes, and additions consistent with an officer or historian with knowledge about the Powder River Expedition battle:
Bottom of page 55 "3rd Regiment of Cavalry", written in pencil, "Powder River Expedition against the Hostile Sioux Indians Nov. 15 1876 near Fort Fretterman Wyoming Territory Under Command of Colonel R.S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry The following troops of the 3rd Cavalry were engaged as part of the expedition Troops "H" and "K" 3rd Cav."
Bottom of page 57 "4th Regiment of Cavalry" a similar statement was written, "Powder River Expedition against the Hostile Sioux Indians Nov. 15 1876 near Fort Fretterman Wyoming Territory Under Command of Colonel R.S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry: The following 4th Cavalry Troops were engaged Troops "B-D-E-F and M" 4th Cav."
Bottom of page 61 "5th Regiment of Cavalry", "Powder River Expedition against the Hostile Sioux Indians Nov. 15 1876 near Fort Fretterman Wyoming Territory Under Command of Colonel R.S. Mackenzie, 4th U.S. Cavalry: The following Troops of the 5th U.S. Cavalry took part and were engaged Troops "H" (note:line drawn through H) and "L" 5th Cavalry."
On page 64 "6th Regiment of Cavalry" are some cryptic notes:
"6th Cavalry Capt 7? W. P
Troop-A-(Kendall -Henry M No
Troop H (Craig Louis G. Yes
Troop E. (West) Frank - Yes
Troop G. (Cheever Benjamin H No
JM Major Kingsbury - Yes
Adj, Capt. Blockson - Yes
Also notes on pages 90, 91, "4th Regiment of Artillery" pertain to the Powder River Expedition. Notes on page 107, 4th Regiment of Infantry mostly erased but faintly visible.
Several notes written on pages 120, 121 "9th Regiment of Infantry". Top of page 120 starts with "Under Command of Lt. Col. R. J. Dodge - 23rd Infantry Companies A-B-D-F-I and K, 9th U.S. Infantry". Also listed is Col. Mackenzie on the same page. Top of page 121 starts with "General Geo Crook U.S.A...." Several hand written ranks are listed under the names of officers on page 121. At the end of the 9th Regiment of Infantry are notes of officers "retired" and one "Transferred."
Continued writings on page 134 "14th Regiment of Infantry", 142, 161, and a lengthy addition written at the bottom of page 163 "23rd Regiment of Artillery" with the heading "(1876) Col R J Dodge was in command of all Artillery & Infantry troops engaged in the Powder River Expedition......"
On page 172 "Retired from Active Service" is a short note written next to Abner Doubleday's name - "Invented Baseball Game." Several more pages have marks and underlinings in red pencil and regular pencil. Four names in the index have "killed in Cuba 1898" written next to the soldiers.
No ownership name was found in this register. However, written in pencil on the back of folding chart D. is "Major General H C Hale 85 years old. died in Palo Alto Calif March 23, 1946. Appointed to West Point in 1879." Major General Hale had a very distinguished military career.