Washington, D.C., May 5, 1880.
Dear Doctor Otis,
Charles Ruby, Private Co. D, 4th Infantry, Fort Laramie, says that while out between Hat Creek + Red Cloud Agency he passed the spot where the Cheyenne Indians two years ago made their last stand + nearly all were killed. He remarks that their skulls + bones lie scattered in all directions + will soon be lost. The thought occurred to him whether it would not be of interest to have some of these skulls collected.
Having called your attention to this subject, I remain,
Dr Geo. A. Otis
Army Medical Museum.
Memorandum (written on reverse)
See letter of Dr. Carlos Carvallo, U.S.A., dated May 14, 1880, who states that as soon as possible he will go with a small detail in search of the skulls etc., alluded to within.