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Daily Oklahoman, Sept. 18, 1961

Description: "Tribal Conflicts Foreshadow Civil War Tragedy" by George H. Shirk. Story of the Indian tribes in Oklahoma during the early days of the Civil War. Mentioned are the forts in Indian Territory at the time and the generals in charge. John Ross is also mentioned in the article.
Date: 2013
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Ardmore Public Library

Letter to Mrs. Delores Floyd

Description: Letter to Mrs. Delores Floyd regarding the gift she gave to the State of Oklahoma. The letter mentions that the diary is a portion of the whole. The diary covers part of the Washita campaign of 1868.
Date: November 13, 1973
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahomans in Space

Description: Article describes the various projects in manning spacecraft Oklahomans have been a part of in history. George H. Shirk provides historical context to the history of space travel before relating specifics such as the names of missions and astronauts.
Date: Summer 1974
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Mail Call at Fort Washita

Description: Article describes the proceedings at Fort Washita in 1850 through the information transcribed in the heartfelt letters between Lieutenant Clinton W. Lear and his wife, Mary Kearney, who was visiting her family in New Orleans with their son while her husband was stationed at Fort Washita.
Date: Spring 1955
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

The Case of the Plagiarized Journal

Description: Article compares the famous account of the Washita campaign by General George A. Custer with a journal donated to the Oklahoma Historical Society originally belonging to Lieutenant P. N. Hardman of the 7th Cavalry who served in the same campaign. George H. Shirk questions which account came first, if one author plagiarized another, and what amount of information may have been fabricated.
Date: Winter 1958
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Confederate Postal System in the Indian Territory

Description: Article discusses the issues and solutions that developed during the establishment and operation of the Confederate Postal System in Indian Territory in the Civil War Era. George H. Shirk constructs a picture of the events through the inclusion of correspondence from mail carriers and postmasters.
Date: Summer 1963
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Malmaison Today

Description: Article discusses the establishment and history of Chief Greenwood LeFlore of the Choctaw Nation's mansion, "Malmaison," and its subsequent destruction in a fire in 1942. George H. Shirk describes the architecture of the building in its original state as well as its state in 1964.
Date: Spring 1964
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

The Lost Colonel

Description: Article provides historical context for a trip across Indian Territory taken during the Civil War era by a U. S. Cavalry unit and a unit of African-American federal soldiers, and recorded by Hospital Steward Thomas A. Muzzall. Highlights of his journal include Colonel Paul Harwood becoming lost during the expedition.
Date: Summer 1957
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Campaigning with Sheridan: A Farrier's Diary

Description: Article describes the military career of General Philip Henry Sheridan during the Washita campaign and includes excerpts from the journal of Winfeld Scott Harvey, who traveled with the 7th U. S. Cavalry on this campaign. This detailed account by the soldier provides a clearer portrait of this particular "war" in history.
Date: Spring 1959
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Military Duty on the Western Frontier

Description: Article illustrates the life of Colonel Edwin P. Pendleton during his time serving in Fort Reno. The article is a diary entry of the colonel while he interacts with the American Indians living in the surrounding areas and trains with his fellow soldiers.
Date: Summer 1969
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

A Tour on the Prairies Along the Washington Irving Trail in Oklahoma

Description: Article provides a revised version of the Oklahoma Historical Society's 1956 guide to traversing the Washington Irving Trail in Oklahoma. George H. Shirk describes the changes in the original route with the introduction of the 1967 highways and provides instructions and historical details for visitors touring this trail.
Date: Autumn 1967
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Action on Chilocco Creek

Description: Article discusses the establishment of Camp Schofield on Chilocco Creek, reports from United States army officers and troop commanders, drills and field exercises, and a simulated battle between troops stationed there.
Date: Autumn 1958
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

The Journal of Private Johnson: A Fragment

Description: Article narrates the life of George H. Johnson during the Battle of Washita, where the 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked a Cheyenne camp to push them across the Washita River. The journal entries document Johnson's trials as he and his fellow soldiers marched through the area during a stormy winter.
Date: Winter 1971
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Peace on the Plains

Description: Article discusses the establishment of the United States Dragoons and chronicles the history of their first mission, a peace delegation to visit the Kiowas and Wichitas, who were then referred to as Comanche and Pawnee Picts. George H. Shirk provides historical background to the journal kept by a First Lieutenant in the Dragoons, Thompson B. Wheelock.
Date: Spring 1950
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

First Post Offices Within the Boundaries of Oklahoma

Description: Article provides historical background to the included list of the first post offices in Oklahoma. Using records of the Postmaster General compiled in the National Archives, George H. Shirk lists post offices established in Oklahoma Territory leading up to statehood.
Date: Spring 1952
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Seymour

Description: Article explores the establishment of another post office location in Indian Territory, Seymour Post Office, as a part of the investigation into the location of these offices.
Date: Spring 1977
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Crawford Seminary Post Office

Description: Article explores the establishment of another post office location in Indian Territory, Crawford Seminary Post Office, as a part of the investigation into the location of these offices.
Date: Winter 1976
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

The Great Seal of the Confederacy

Description: Article discusses the history of the Seal of the Confederate States of America, explaining the process behind creating the seal, the materials that comprised its makeup, the meaning behind the seal, and its movement and location at Richmond's American Civil War Museum.
Date: Autumn 1952
Creator: Shirk, George H.
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

Mark of Heritage

Description: Book discussing the history of Oklahoma's heritage, including descriptions about the state's historic sites and museums; also included is a folded map of over 270 historical markers in the state. Index begins on page 207.
Date: 1976
Creator: Wright, Muriel H. (Muriel Hazel), 1889-1975; Shirk, George H. & Franks, Kenny Arthur, 1945-
Partner: UNT Libraries
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