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Little River Town

Col. William A. Phillips camped his Indian Brigade in and around Little River Town near the Beale Wagon Road Bridge on the night of February 16, 1864. See OR S. I, Vol. 34, Part 1, p.106. The name "Little River Town" was shown for this location in a 1863 Federal map drawn in Ft. Gibson, as noted in Figure 3 of my previous article on Phillips Expedition at

http://www.history-sites.com/itcw/2014_Version_4.pdf.

So Col. Phillips', USV, use of "Little River Town" rather than today's more common historical names of "Edwards Trading Post" or "Edwards Settlement" is more understandable for Phillips' Federal Army of 1864 based in Ft. Gibson.

I also note in my prior article's map for the Beale Wagon Road, circa 1854, given in Figure 4, as having Aird's (Store) on the west-side and Old Fort Holmes on the east-side near the mouth of Little River. Thomas A. Aird had previously bought Edwards Store from the Edwards-Chisholm interest. Edwards still lived in the area, however.

Whipple's Little River Bridge was an Iron Bridge: cast iron for its compression members (like the load bearing main arches because cast iron was strong only in compression, and cheap), and wrought iron for its tension members (because wrought iron was also strong in tension).

Finally, what do all four of the following "Confederate = slave holding" Indian Territory sites have in common?

[ after Kansas Col. William A. Phillips, a personal friend of martyr John Kagi, visited their sites in February 1864. As Ken Martin so noted, "Phillips' friend John Henry Kagi was a 'lieutenant' of John Brown and was killed in the October, 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, VA. After the Battle of Middle Boggy, Feb. 13, 1864, two days later Col. Phillips named his camp near Cochran's Store on Clear Boggy "Camp Kagi," Chickasaw Nation." ]

1. Cochran - Trading Post, Chickasaw Nation
2. Colbert Institute, Chickasaw School
3. Little River Town - Edwards Trading Post, Creek Nation
4. Oak Ridge Mission, Seminole School

(my ans. "They were all burned by Phillips, and they are now all gone (and forgotten?) as he would have liked." )

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