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Harrison, colonel in the Confederate Army, suggests to the Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon the establishment of an alliance with Comanche Native Americans to disrupt United States trade and government routes in the West.
Richmond, Decem. 23, 1864.
Honl. James A. Seddon, Secty of War
I desire to call your attention to the importance of conciliating, and treating with the Comanche Indians, - powerful in numbers, and war like in disposition, - occupying the position they do, in the mountaineous region adjacent to the route of united states trade to Santefe & New Mexico; They might be made formidable auxiliaries in this time of pressure, by breaking up the govt trains of the United States - while it would free Texas of the depredating parties from that tribe so troublesome on our frontiers, If this could be effected, it would enable the State of Texas to throw two or three fine Regt into the service of the Confederate states, now employed in frontier defence - This I suppose could be accomplished, by a delegation from the Creeks - now allied to us & many of whom are in the service of the Confederate States, I would respectfully suggest Col D N McIntosh (of the Creek Nation) as a commissioner suitable and competent to negotiate such a treaty, under the auspices of the Commander of the Trans Mis Department,
Very Respectfully your obt. servt
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Harrison, James, "Letter from James Harrison to James A. Seddon, December 23, 1864." (1864). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 277.
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