A Guide to the George H. Holliday Memoirs, 1865
George H. Holliday joined the Union Army when he was 15, serving in the West Virginia Mounted Infantry until the end of the Civil War in 1865. Following the war, he reenlisted and his unit, the 6th West Virginia Veteran Cavalry, was sent to the Rocky Mountains to protect the frontier and guard stagecoach lines running over the mountains. His unit, chiefly based in Fort Laramie, served in the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana from 1865 to 1866. During the winter of 1865, Holliday became severely frostbitten and never fully recovered.
Source: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. “On the Plains in ’65.” Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. http://www.abaa.org/books/121439499.html (accessed July 21, 2010).
The George H. Holliday Memoirs, 1865, are a typescript copy of Holliday’s memoirs, On the Plain in ’65, relating to his experiences with the 6th West Virginia Veteran Cavalry while guarding the western frontier from 1865 to 1866. This exceedingly rare memoir describes the Sioux Wars, hunting on the Powder River, fighting at Horseshoe Station, and buffalo hunts.
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George H. Holliday Memoirs, 1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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