Date: 1875-1909

Extent: 0.1 Linear feet

Language: English

Abstract: Various letters to and from Ware, the author of "The Indian War of 1864," relating to his work as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Pensions. Also includes material on the history of Kansas and letters regarding a squabble over Ware's land.

Biographical/Historical Note: Eugene Fitch Ware (b. 1841), the United States Comissioner of Pensions (1902-1905), was born in Connecticut and lived for awhile in Iowa before settling in Kansas as a homesteader and comissioner. He also wrote poetry under the name 'Ironquill', wrote historical works ( The Indian War of 1864 being possibly his most famous), was a lawyer, editor of The Fort Scott Monitor, and was elected to state office, as a state senator (1879-1883). Mr. Ware also served in the Civil War, where he was promoted from private to captain by the war's end. He was married to Jeanette P. Huntington of Rochester, New York in 1874 and died in 1911.

Scope and Contents: note This collection contains 65 pieces of correspondence and one photograph. The correspondence at times also contains attached newspaper clippings and publications - in such cases the attachments have been made note of in the item description. The correspondence has been arranged chronologically, with the addressee and addresser made note of, with titles of the persons involved sometimes included as well.

Access: A finding aid for the collection is available.  M-351: Eugene Ware Letters.pdf