Eli Lundy Huggins, Civil War, Indians Wars, Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion China. Group of 30 items including letters and photographs, invitations to events. Civil War letter to his Mother when Wounded and in Hospital at Concord Church 1863. I will list the entire collection item by item as soon as possible. Eli Lundy Huggins as a Captain received the Medal of Honor or Gallantry against a superior force of Indians at O'Fallons Creek. Eli Lundy Huggins (684) was born on 1 Aug 1842 in Schuyler county, Illinois. He died on 22 Oct 1929 in San Diego, California. He enlisted in the U. S. Army as a private during the Civil War and had a long and distinguished career until his retirement on account of age in 1908 with the rank of Brigadier General . He served in the then Washington Territory, in Alaska, in China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion, and in the Philippines just after the Spanish American War where he was Military Governor of several of the island provinces. He was later Chief of Staff for General Nelson A. Miles and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor "for distinguished gallantry in action against the Ogalala Sioux Indians near O'Fallon's Creek, Monday, April 1, 1880. One of the 2,000 Indian Braves that eventually surrendered was Chief Rain in the Face who later participated in the Massacre at Little big Horn. Alexander Huggins and Lydia Pettijohn were married in Ohio in 1832. They came to Minnesota in 1835 under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) of the Presbyterian Church and served as missionary assistants under Thomas S. Williamson at the Dakota Indian missions at Lac qui Parle (1835-1846) and Traverse des Sioux (1846-1852). In January, 1852, Alexander Huggins apparently conveyed to townsite developers part of the land that was to become the town of Traverse des Sioux. He was appointed town postmaster in May. In August he requested his release from the missionary service and began farming near Traverse des Sioux. He died in 1866. Alexander and Lydia had eight children: Amos Williamson Huggins (1833-1862); Jane Sloan Huggins Holtsclaw (1834-1920); Eliza Wilson Huggins (1837-1873); Mary Ann Longley Huggins Kerlinger (1839-1929); Eli Lundy Huggins (1842-1929); Rufus Anderson Huggins (1846-1862); Frances Gilliland Huggins (b.1848); and Harriet Cordelia Huggins (b.1851). Amos Williamson Huggins married Sophia Josephine Marsh in 1856. The couple had one son and one daughter before Amos Huggins was killed by the Dakota Indians during the Dakota Conflict (1862). Another son was born in 1863 and named Amos Williamson Huggins after his dead father. Josephine remarried in 1869 and Amos eventually went to live with his aunt, Jane Huggins Holtsclaw. Jane S. Huggins married James P. Holtsclaw "a few years" before the Civil War. James was killed in Mississippi in 1864. Mary Ann Longley Huggins married John Murray Kerlinger in 1870. Kerlinger was born in Baltimore in 1828. He was at the Lower Sioux Agency at the beginning of the Dakota Conflict and served in the defense of Fort Ridgely. He later joined the Union Army, was captured, and was incarcerated in the infamous Andersonville prison. After their marriage the Kerlingers farmed for a time near Mankato, but soon moved to California where John Kerlinger died in 1897. Eli Lundy Huggins joined the Minnesota Volunteers in 1861 and enlisted in the regular Army after the Civil War. He served in Alaska (1868-1869); was professor of military tactics at the University of Minnesota (1872-1875); was in the Indian wars in Montana with General Nelson A. Miles, and became aide to Miles in Chicago; served in China in 1900; and "made an honorable record" in the Philippines (1900-1901). He retired in 1903 with the rank of brigadier general and died in California in 1929. Julia Laframboise, daughter of trader Joseph Laframboise and grand daughter of Dakota chief Sleepy Eye, came to live with the Huggins family about 1852. She continued her education in Ohio and Illinois and eventually returned to teach among the Dakota people in Minnesota. She died in 1871. This sketch was taken from the Huggins Papers and from two books: Thomas Hughes' Old Traverse des Sioux
(St. Peter, Minn.: Herald Publishing Co., 1929), and Amos Williamson Huggins' Sketch of the Life of Amos Williamson Huggins by Himself, written in 1933 and edited in typescript form by Dorothy Huggins Harding, 1977-1980. The books are cataloged in the Minnesota Historical Society's reference library.
List of Eli Lundy Huggins Papers 1. Printed Invitations 3 parts to christening of Steamship 2. Military document: Base pass for Elis Sister 1898 3. 1896 letter Fort Riley Ks. Major Ogden 4. Menu Invitation 1881 5. Banquet Invitation & Menu for the President, 20th Army Corps Gales Il. 6. Banquet card Eli named in list of attendees 1892 7. Letter signed by General Summerall on the death of ELH 1929 8. Carte de vista (2) ELH photo Morse S.F. 9. CDV Major ELH in dress uniform. 10. Photo ELH berkeley 1880's 11. invitation with ELH written on cover Buffalo Bills Wild West Show 1893 12. Letter 1863 Concords Church Virgina, ELH writes his mother after recovery from wounds 13. 1880 news clipping of capture of hostile Sioux by ELH 14. Typed tour itineraryfor ELH 1900. 15. Invitation 1893 Chicago Massacre of 1812 16. 1893 invitation to dinner for VP Elect (Tiffany & Co.) 17. Wedding ivitation to ELH for Brig Gen Martin D Hardin 1892 18. 1920's last photo of ELH in Rocker San Diego With Pearl Owlsley Huggin Sis-inlaw. 19. Type written coppies of ELH civil war letters circa 1900 20. Distressed print of page of US Army Generals, incl. ELH 21. War Dept envelope. 22. Letter Sec of War (auto signed) WWI for donation of binoculars. 23. photo of ELH and Sister Holtsclaw next to cannon. 24. ELH photo is his Study Berkeley, CA. 25. ELH & Artillery Co. 8x10. 26. 1866 ELH Accounting school diploma 27. Loyal order of Legion 1888 ELH.