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Letter from George Washington to his mother (Ann E. Fine)
Fort McCulloch (more about Fort McCulloch from internet after end of letter-

28 July 1862
Dear Mother
As I now have an opportunity of writing you a line, I will improve it. I am in
excellent health and fine spirits, considering that I don't know but what the
Federals are playing Thunder in Washington Co.
I have not heard from you in a long time but hope you are all well and getting
along well. You have no doubt been looking for me to come home--but I am
sorry to say that I don't know when I can have the pleasure of spending a few
days with you but rest assured that whenever I can do it, I will. We are
getting on very well. We hear good news occasionally, and some of the
intelligent men of Pikes staff think the war is speedily drawing to a close.
I hope it may for I am tired of soldering. The weather is very warm. I have
just got off from Mr. Lowry and it is now late and I only write this because
I thought you would expect a letter from me by him--excuse everything
about this letter, and the writer too, and believe me to be
As Ever Your Dutiful Son
My love to all. Write every chance .Since I commenced writing Doc Crozier
has come in and desires me to tell you to tell Pat that he is well and would
like to go home. He is staying here now having been called away from
Washita. Doc is in good health. Sends his respects to you and family.
I sent Mr. Fine Gen'l Pike's letter to the Texians--its all true too.
Information from the internet--Mar 2006


FORT MCCULLOCH. Fort McCulloch was the main Confederate fortification in southern Indian Territory
during the Civil War. Built by troops under the command of Brig. Gen. Albert Pike, Fort McCulloch
was positioned on a bluff on the south bank of the Blue River, about three miles southwest of Kenefic
in present Bryan County, Oklahoma.
After the Confederate defeat at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, in March 1862, Pike abandoned
his headquarters at Fort Davis in the Cherokee Nation. Believing the site was vulnerable to Union
attack, Pike removed his troops to the Blue River, some 150 miles to the southwest in the Choctaw
Nation. Named for Gen. Benjamin McCulloch, who died at Pea Ridge, the post was strategically
located along routes leading to Forts Gibson and Washita in Indian Territory, Fort Smith, Arkansas,
and supply towns in north Texas. Consisting of earthworks and no permanent buildings, the fort was
garrisoned by Texas and Arkansas troops. Although the fort was not abandoned until the war's
conclusion, the importance of the outpost began to fade with Pike's resignation in July 1862. Thereafter
it served as a haven for refugees and, briefly, in 1865, as Gen. Stand Watie's seat of command.
The site of Fort McCulloch was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 (NR 71000659).