Fort Marion Prisoners

In 1875, the U.S. government sent American Indian prisoners of war to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. In 1875 Capt. Richard H. Pratt invited Whipple to preach to the prisoners (mostly from the Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche, Caddo and Arapaho Nations) at Fort Marion.  Whipple's relationship with the prisoners and Pratt lasted for three years until the Indians were relocated to boarding schools around the nation. Whipple lobbied unsuccessfully to have prisoners sent to Faribault, but he seems to have fostered close relationships with the prisoners, as evidenced in letters from Pratt:

"The bows and book are sent by the Indians, without cost, and the photographs at same price."

-With great respect & love, Yours faithfully, RH Pratt", March 20, 1876

Fort Marion Prisoners