Valery Havard diary 1871-1877

Havard, Valery, 1846-1927 [Browse]
1 v. 8.5 x 15 cm (71 pages)


Biographical/​Historical note
Valery Havard (1846-1927) was a career army officer, physician, author, and botanist. Although he held many notable posts during his military career, he is most well known for his service on the western frontier of the United States and in Cuba. ln 1871, he was appointed an acting assistant surgeon in the army and was commissioned an assistant surgeon in the medical corps three years later. For six months in 1877, he served with the 7th Cavalry in Montana in pursuit of Sioux and Nez Perce Indians.
Summary note
  • Diary of career Army officer, physician, author, and botanist Valery Havard (1846-1927) dating from 1871 to 1877 that includes documentation of his time at Camp Grant, Arizona, caring for Apache Indians.
  • The first section of Havard's diary documents his time at Camp Grant, Arizona from November 1871 to April 1873. Arriving six months after the massacre of Pinal and Aravaipa Apaches, Havard details his work treating sick Apache Indians and providing rations to 792 of them; and chronicles numerous events, deaths, accounts, letters sent and received, departures and arrivals of officers and troops, the weather, and trips that he made. He mentions the peace meeting between George Crook, Oliver Otis Howard, and Arizona Indians in 1872; the Wheeler expedition coming through; troop movements including their pursuit of Indians; references Lt. Royal Emerson Whitman; and more. Some excerpts include the following: "Squaw found dead near camp... John Hotlz commits suicide by shooting himself through the head... Indian agent reports death of 6 Indians." November 22: "Churz kills a Mexican boy & is pursued by Lt Babcock without success-the pursuit took place towards Pinal mountains where probably many Indians are gathered". A couple of pages are devoted to Havard's trip back to France. He picks up again in 1875 with 18 pages of notes on his work at an army outpost near St. Paul, Minnesota, where he also treated American Indians and soldiers.
  • The back pages of the diary contain a list of diseases Havard diagnosed in the Apache Indians, a 14-page dictionary of the Apache language, an inventory of hospital equipment, and a few hand-drawn pencil sketches of botanical specimens.
Binding note
Original leather binding with flap.
Source acquisition
Purchase, 2016. AM 2016-116.
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