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Headquarters Department of the Platte

Commanding Generals Office.

Omaha Barracks, Neb. June 19th  1879

My dear Mr. Tibbles.

I have been so busy since my return to H.Qrs., that I have not previously had leisure to answer your questions in reference to the management of the native tribes; and, while I believe that the views I am now about to express will cover all the salient features of the case, I am afraid there may be, in the hurry of correspondence , some omissions which, however, can be remedied whenever desired.
To begin with, my experience with the red men embraces much more than a quarter of a century, during which time I have been thrown in contact with them, both in peace and war, in all the grades of military rank from a [[?]] second lieutenancy to that of a General officer, and have had under my control Reservations whereon

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