John Singleton Mosby - the "Gray Ghost"
Letter to from Mosby to Chinn dated August 15, 1901, on a Department of the Interior letterhead
written from Akron, Colorado.
“Chinn ” likely was Benton Chinn a member of his Civil War company and
"longtime Eastern factotum" (factotum - a servant employed to do a variety of jobs).
See Benton Chinn obituary below.
The letter reads, in part:
“I arrived here a week ago. This [Akron] is a station on the Burlington
road—112 miles east of Denver. The climate is delicious—like
Virginia in October. My companions are cowboys—coyotes—& cattle. I
hope to be transferred & have my headquarters at Denver very soon…I
wrote to Miss Kate about sending my portrait to Clarke’s to be framed.
In May 1902 the Rattler
reported “U.S. Land Inspector Col.
Mosby, of Washington, arrived in Haigler [Nebr] Tuesday night.”
Newspaper article, source unknown:
Benton Chinn Obituary
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