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Guide to the Oscar Fitzalan Long papers, 1872-1926
BANC MSS C-B 939  
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Description
Correspondence, army orders, maps and manuscripts of military pamphlets. Relate to Lon's army career, especially to battles with the Montana Indians of the Yellowstone District, 1877-1878, and to his work in the Quartermaster Dept.
Background
Oscar Fitzalan Long, born in 1852, was appointed to West Point in 1872. Upon graduation he joined the 5th U. S. Infantry. In 1877 he fought under Nelson A. Miles against the Montana Indians -the Sioux, Nez Percé, Cheyenne and Bannock tribes -in the battles of Wolf Mountain, Lame Deer, Bear Paw Mountain and Milk River, and received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action in the battle of Bear Paw Mountain. In 1896 Captain Long was assigned to San Francisco with the Quartermaster Corps. Here he equipped the army sailing to the Philippines, and organized overseas transport service between San Francisco and the Philippines. He was commissioned Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in 1892, Major and Quartermaster in 1901, Lieutenant Colonel in June 1904, and retired as a Brigadier General in July 1904. He made his home in Piedmont, California, after his retirement, and became president of the California Wire Cloth Company of Oakland. He died on Dec. 28, 1928.
Extent
Number of containers: 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.