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Chapter 64: superintendent of the United States military Academy; commanding Department of the Platte, Omaha, Neb. A serious trouble had occurred at the Military Academy on account of a colored cadet, Whittaker, who had been injured, so he asserted, by young men hazing him. He had been previously so badly treated that it was
day the noblest and ablest we have in public service.
In the fall of 1882 I was ordered to take command of the Department of the Platte, with headquarters at Omaha, Neb. That department consisted of Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and a part of Idaho.
The Platte River, formed by a great many smaller streams, which is very broad the Columbia, covered much territory, with as many posts to visit; restless Indians here also had to be watched; so that my time was principally consumed by public duty.
On February 14, 1884, my son Guy married Jeanie, daughter of Hon. James M. Woolworth, of Omaha.
They have had two children, Helen, and Otis Woolworth Howard.