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Henry Inman, (U.S. Army officer and author) (1837-1899) was born July 3, 1837 in New York City, New York. In 1857 he received a commission of second lieutenant and was sent to the Pacific coast by the United States army. He married Eunice C. Dyer of Portland, Maine on October 22, 1861. His wife's father, Joseph W. Dyer, was a ship builder of some renown. Lieutenant Inman served as an aide on the staff of General George Sykes during the American Civil War. On February 11, 1869, he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel. After the war he pursued a career as a popular magazine writer. In 1895 he published widely read book, The Old Santa Fe Trail that was followed by The Great Salt Lake Trail in 1898, both works that feature William F Cody, a.k.a. "Buffalo Bill." He died at Topeka, Kansas, November 13, 1899 leaving a number of unfinished manuscripts.[1] In 1889, the town of Aiken, Kansas was renamed Inman, Kansas for Lake Inman, located approximately 4 miles (6 km) east of the town. The lake itself was named after its initial surveyor, Major Henry Inman.


  1. ^ Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence, Vol. I. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar.

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