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Identifier: A0003

Title: Abert Family Letters, 1835-1846


John Abert was made colonel of the Topographical Engineers, which he held until 1861. In 1832, he supervised the removal of some Ottawa and Shawnee Indians from Vandalia, Illinois. Abert’s son James was a lieutenant who accompanied John Fremont on his 1845 expedition.

The letters consist of thirteen letters, eleven written by George W. Featherstonhaugh to Col. John J. Abert and two written by Thomas Fitzpatrick to Lt. James W. Abert. The letters relate to geological findings, land explorations, and dealings with Native Americans. The letters written by George W. Featherstonhaugh from various locales (such as Detroit, Green Bay, Prairie du Chien, North Carolina, and Quebec) for the most part detail his explorations; geological reports; descriptions of flora, fauna, and the people encountered; and difficulties with terrain and conditions. The letters written by Thomas Fitzpatrick from St. Louis detail his findings on Native American languages, political news, and gossip.

2 folders

(Formerly known as the John J. Abert Papers.)

Finding aid available.

Cite as: Abert Family Letters, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1835-1846

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866

Subjects: Indians of North America
Discovery and exploration
Land speculation
Politics and government
Fur trade


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