50 [Civil War] Scott, S.S., Acting Commissioner. Report, Confederate States of America, War Department, Office of Indian Affairs. Richmond, Va.: March 8, 1862. 8vo, disbound, 41
pp., light foxing and browning to paper. Housed in mylar sleeve.
First edition of a rare Confederate imprint, the report from the Office of Indian Affairs. Parrish & Willingham 1661 (finding 5 libraries, but only Gilcrease in Oklahoma). OCLC finds only Duke (also listed in P&W). The Eberstadts had a copy of Scott’s 1863 26 page Indian Affairs report (130:173, in 1952) but not this lengthy, earlier one. This report is particularly timely, because between July and October 1861, the Confederate States were moving quickly to enter into separate treaties with the major tribes in the Indian Territory; among those treated in this report are the Choctaws, the Chickasaws, and the Cherokees: “I have alluded to the military spirit which animates these people… they have, in large numbers, unhesitatingly flocked to the Confederate flag, for the purpose of protecting their country, and driving the invaders, along with their renegade Indian allies, from its soil.” In particular, Scott is referring to the report by Gen. Pike of copies of
treaty papers captured which “show what appliances [by the U.S.] have been used to
seduce the Indians and make them disloyal to us;” this last referred to the Wichitas, Choctaws and Chickasaws, as well as the text of an appeal from the Shawnee to the Creek, urging them to stay in the ‘Union.” An important report on affairs from Indian Territory during the Civil War; P&W list only three of these reports, with three other documents, for a total of six imprints. (See number for another Confederate Texas item).