Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fort Shaw, M. T. 1876

This is a uniform cap device for a member of K Company, 7th Infantry stationed at Fort Shaw in 1876 when this letter was penned on T. C. Power letterhead/billhead. It is lined so that it could be used as a bill or receipt, although both pieces I have seen are penned letters.

This piece is especially interesting because of the nature of the correspondence, and the individual for which it was penned. "Please let Mr. Eraux (Ereaux) have one Sk good Flour  Send bill & Chg to a/c."

I am including a link to a story about a gentleman who was known by a number of different names, but Curley Ereaux was quite a character in his own right. This article, posted by Ken Robison on his blog, is well worth the read.

It is also to be noted that very little paper exists that lists T. C. Power as a Military and Indian Trader. This piece was completed as a commission for a gentleman from Great Falls, Montana.


  1. I LIKE this one Dave, its excellent!

    1. THANK YOU! It's going to a patron in Great Falls, and I'll be publishing the companion piece, perhaps tomorrow. HINT. It involves the Battle of the Big Hole, and a stolen cannon.

  2. Wow--that is SO wonderful. I love these recent pieces you've been doing. I'm a lover of history and I like reading the stories behind the artwork.