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Harney, William S. (William Selby), 1800-1889



  • Existence: 1800-08-22 - 1889-05-09


Cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, who became known during the Indian Wars and the Mexican–American War.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mary Waite Letter, 1841-02-07

Identifier: MS-162
Scope and Contents

A letter dated Feb. 7, 1841, from the wife of Captain Waite, commander of a small outpost in Florida, to Samuel K. Platt of Plattsburgh, New York. She refers to the concerns about the Florida Indians (Seminole) and tells of the hanging by Colonel Haney of those Indians he had captured; as well as the expected arrival of a company of the Florida Militia. She describes the militia as “more dreaded than the Indians. They do nothing but race horses and yell like Indians.”

Dates: 1841-02-07