This letter is dated 1886 and was written by William H. Johnstone of the Chief Paymaster's Office of the Headquarters Department of Dakota in Minnesota. Sent to a Mr. Knight, a cashier at the First National Bank, Johnstone states that he has a daughter who will soon be married and is looking to get money that he believes the bank owes him.
The Department of Dakota was a subdivision of the Division of the Missouri, established by the United States Army on August 11, 1866, to oversee all military activities and forts in Minnesota, Dakota Territory, and Montana Territory. Initially headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, the Department later moved to Saint Paul in March 1867, becoming a central hub for military operations in the region. During its history, the Department saw the deployment of several infantry regiments, including the 18th and 20th Infantry Regiments. Although the Department was disbanded in 1911, its legacy endures, with numerous historic sites, museums, and landmarks throughout the region offering insight into its fascinating history.
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