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David Brainard was an Army officer who served as a private soldier at Fort Ellis, Montana Territory, from 1876 to 1884. This collection (1876-1918) includes a biographical sketch, a letter of reminiscence to Mary C. Doane, and Brainard's service record.
This collection consists of an "Historical Sketch of General David L. Brainard, Brigadier-General, U.S.A. Retired," prepared by Charles Rasmusson in 1928; a letter (1927) from Brainard to Mrs. Mary L. Doane in which he reflects briefly on his experiences at Fort Ellis and in Yellowstone Park; and a "Statement of the Military Service of David Legge Brainard" (1928) by the Adjutant General's Office of the U.S. War Department.
David Legge Brainard was born in Norway, New York, on December 21, 1856. Serving as a private in Troop L, First Cavalry, U.S. Army, Brainard was stationed at Fort Ellis, Montana Territory. Brainard was wounded at Muddy Creek, Montana, on May 5, 1877, by Sioux Indians. He also was with General Sherman in Yellowstone Park during the pursuit of Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce' Indians in August 1877.
Charles A. Rasmusson was born in Demark, Jan. 17, 1876, and was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of 2. The family settled in Iowa, where both of his parents died. He married Bessie E. Andrews on November 25, 1902, in Atlantic, Iowa. The couple moved to Glendive, Montana in 1907, where Mr. Rasmusson continued in the real estate business until 1920, when he became owner and publisher of the Dawson County Review. In 1922 he sold the paper and moved to Helena when he was appointed Internal Revenue collector for the state by President Harding. For many years he was a member of the Republican state committee from Dawson County. In 1934 he was the Republican nominee for state railroad and public service commissioner. He died on December 12, 1939.
David L. Brainard's papers are at Dartmouth College Library (MSS 189).