Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bozeman Trail mss., 1867-1873, are letters and documents from the papers of John Eugene Smith, 1816-1897, a general in command of Fort Philip Kearney, Dakota Territory, 1867-1869.

The manuscripts in the collection consist of letters, reports, and general and special orders pertaining in the main to Fort Philip Kearney. They relate to the routine of the fort, the carrying of mails on the Bozeman trail, military escorts for wagon trains, and Indian depredations. The papers include a manuscript map of the Bozeman trail, this being the route marched by the 27th U.S. infantry in June and July, 1867, from Fort Laramie, Wyoming territory, to Fort C. F. Smith, Montana territory; and a map sketched in pencil noting points in and around Fort Laramie with distances from the fort.

Some of the papers are in an oversize folder.

Collection size: 64 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.