Edwin B. Fair Letters
Alternate forms: Apsáalooke | Niimíipu
Contributor: Fair, Edwin B.
Extent: 5 letters
Description: A small collection of letters by Corporal Edwin B. Fair, who apparently joined Company E of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry, formerly under George Custer's command, a few months after Custer and his forces were defeated at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or the Battle of the Greasy Grass. Fair writes home to his sisters from his posts in the Dakota Territory and Montana. In the letters, Fair describes the daily life of and conditions faced by a common soldier stationed on the Plains; buffalo hunting; encounters with Native Americans, particularly the Crow and Nez Perce; and patrol and reconnaissance missions in Yellowstone National Park and other places. Fair relates the events and scenes witnessed in the plain, unvarnished vernacular of the day. Letters from the time and place are of infrequent occurence, making this a particularily interesting collection.
Collection: Edwin B. Fair Letters (Mss.SMs.Coll.17)