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Ft. Hayes Kansas letter 1870  1 1/4 pages, 4 to, not signed by
Kimball.  Some fold faults present.  A nice letter from a great
Western Fort. $100.00

Quartermaster’s Office
                                                   Fort Hays, Ks. May 31, 1870

 To whom it may concern

The Bearer, E.L. Kupfer has been in my employ as abstract clerk,
for nearly two years. He is intelligent, industrious, accurate,
reliable, honest, and in every way fitted for a first class clerical
position. His only failing or rather misfortune being deafness,
ordinary conversation not being intelligible, unless communicated
through an ear trumpet.

As a Bookkeeper and corresponding clerk or in any clerical
capacity where his duties would consist of journalising accounts or
reducing to writing the ideas of his employer, he would have no

He understands surveying thoroughly and is a good draughtsman.
This recommendation is given to Mr. Kupfer to enable him to
procure a position in civil life suited to his taste, in which it is
confidently believed he would give entire satisfaction, insuring to
himself permanency.
                                 sg’    A.S. Kimball
                                          Capt. & Asst. Q.M. USA

Atrue copy
A.F. Rockwell
Capt. & A.Q.M., USA

                 (on reserve of 2nd page:
                  “K21 War Dep’t./A’B/1876
                  825, A,B,  A,C,P,  1876”)

(Almon F. Rockwell        Civil War, 1861-1865, Lt. Col. by Brevet
Mar 13, 1865 & Mar 2, 1867.  Q.M. Dept., Jan 1867 – Feb 1897,
Ret’d Feb 11, 1897, Capt. Rockwell was in charge of constructing
the stone buildings at Fort Larnet, KS between 1867-

(Amos Samuel Kimball   Civil War, Nov 1861-Nov 1866,  Capt. A.Q.
USA, Nov. 19, 1866, Maj., Q.M., Oct 11, 1883, Lt. Col., D.Q.M.G.,
Dec 31, 1894, Col. A.Q.M.G., Nov 13, 1898, Brig. Gen. Oct 1, 1902,
Ret’d Oct. 2, 1902. Kimball was a friend of Custer’s during his
Kansas years. Found in the “Emporia News”  Aug. 20, 1869, news
from Americus dated Aug. 11, 1869. “Gen. Geo. A. Custer and
Capt. Amos S. Kimball bought 35 lots in Americus last week.”)