August 25, 1864 letter to Sarah Keith from D.C. Crawford

August 25, 1864

To: Sarah Keith

 From: David (D.C.) Crawford,  ________ City, CO

The plains between Colorado and the states are covered with bands of hostile Indians cutting off communications and supplies. Everyone is trying to fight Indians and he expects to go in a few days. All kinds of business have been suspended and Denver is under martial law. David will try to keep his promise to come home in the fall. Says to direct his mail to Sterling City “as usual.”

1864-08-25 1864-08-25B

_____ City, August 25 1864

Dear Sister Sarah

This place is distant some twenty miles. I am here are on business[1]. In my last I promised to write last mail. This may not reach you. I have got but a few moments to write ere the mail leaves for the Valley inward for the states. You must not be scared but I tell you these are very critical times. The plains between here and the states are litterally covered with Bands of Hostile Indians cutting off our communications and supplies. Every Body are trying to fight Indians. I expect to go in a few Days. All kinds of business suspended, Denver City under Marshall Law. All excitement Guerilla Bands harrassing us in the Mountains. I Shall try and make my promise good and come Home and see you this Fall or Winter if I live. (Love to all) Write soon. Direct Sterling City as usual.

Your brother

D.C. Crawford

[to] Sister Sarah

[1] According to records of the D.C. Crawford family, David arrived in Colorado in May 1860. From that time until 1865 when he settled in Golden, he engaged in mining with some success at the Buckskin Joe Mine in Park County


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