Anonymous drawings, possibly Lakota, on pages of book made of printed forms for Property Return

Collection ID:
Physical Description:
9 Drawings
8 leaves
graphite and colored pencil
26 x 24 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Scenes of warfare and capturing horses. One drawing shows Army officer identified in caption as Brotherton. The forms are for ration issues at Fort Peck, but the drawings were not necessarily produced at that location. Probably collected 1880-84.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
A chronology of D.H. Brotherton's military career, was provided by Major General Edward F. Witsell of the War Department in a letter to John Ewers, SI, dated August 29, 1946: "Brotherton who was on duty at Ft Snelling, Minn from 4 February 1880 to 13 July 1880 assumed command of Ft Buford, Dakota Territory 20 July 1880 and relinquished command of that post 30 August, 1881. He assumed command of Ft Stevenson, D.T. 7 September 1881 and relinquished command of the post 20 October 1881." War Dept Archives states: Ft Snelling 12 June 1882 - 16 Jan 1884. Retired 14 April 1884. Died 17 September 1889. D.H. Brotherton accepted the surrender of Sitting Bull at Ft Buford, N. Dakota on July 17, 1881.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 384177

United States Dakota Territory.

Album Information
Album Information
MS 384177 000

Using the Collection
Manuscript 384177, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Received in 1946 as part of USNM accession 173,740 and originally cataloged in the artifact collection. This accession consisted of about 76 items collected by Major (later Lt Col) David H. Brotherton during the course of his military career in the Dakota Territories. It consists primarily of Western Sioux objects, but also includes photographs and water color paintings of military engagements by H. Stieffel. The accession file contains a list of all items as well as their description. Brotherton's widow bequeathed the collection to her sister, after whose death it passed to Mrs. Thomas T. Brown of Northfield, Massachusetts, who donated it to the museum. The accession file contains correspondence from Ruth K. Brown (Mrs. Thomas T. Brown), Brotherton's niece, and documents pertaining to the Army career of Herman Stieffel.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Lakota Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brotherton, D. H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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