Author Topic: Indian chief names on guns  (Read 439 times)

Offline spgordon

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 772
Indian chief names on guns
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:59:44 PM »
This document was found among the Henry family papers (still at Boulton, cared for by the Jacobsburg Historical Society)--no date, but it looks like 1850s to me? Has anybody ever seen something like such names on Indian trade guns?



Check out The Lost Village of Christian's Spring:
https://christiansbrunn.web.lehigh.edu/
And The Letters of Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America
http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-08108-3.html

Offline Ray Nelson

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 71
Re: Indian chief names on guns
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2020, 08:58:20 PM »
The below information from Rifles of the American Indians by Ryan Gale.

The Office of Indian Affairs
1849
Edward K. Tryon 1 rifle, 716 northwest guns.
I have to request that you will cause the following inscription to be placed on the rifle intended for the Chippewa chief:
Presented by Zachary Taylor
President of the United States
TO
Flat Mouth, principle chief of the Pillager Band of Chippewa
1849

Also, Chief Flat Mouth is one of 4 Indians who has their sculpture in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. It is likely the Henry gun order document relates to the land treaties being signed in the various moves that occurred making new reservations. Many were created early 1850's with moves occurring 1855.


Ray

Offline spgordon

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 772
Re: Indian chief names on guns
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2020, 09:46:14 PM »
Thank you, Ray! Very interesting.
Check out The Lost Village of Christian's Spring:
https://christiansbrunn.web.lehigh.edu/
And The Letters of Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America
http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-08108-3.html