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Wotiz (Emanuel) letter, 1858.
Emanuel Wotiz immigrated to the United States from Europe. In 1856, he enlisted for five years as a soldier in the U.S. Army.
Letter that Emanuel Wotiz wrote and sent to members of his family in Strakonitz (then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now in the Czech Republic) when he was stationed at Camp Floyd, in Cedar Valley, Utah Territory. The letter describes Wotiz's journey from Chicago to Salt Lake City (via Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming). Once in Salt Lake City, the Tenth Regiment easily forced the "surrender" of those Mormons who had opposed the law of the U.S. The letter contains Wotiz's views of the country, Indians, and of army conditions.