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8. Hunting the Refugees

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Chapter 8

Hunting the Refugees


ept. 26. Thus far no news of any kind concerning the Cheyenne refugees: Major Thornburgh has had scouts sent out along the

South Platte river, to the South and East of Sidney, to watch for the first intimations of their presence. Day before yesterday,

Dr. Munn told me a story he had heard from one of the cattle men employed on the ranch of the Bosler Bros. This was to the effect that on the night of the 21st, or 22d instant, a dark, but starlit night, two men of that ranch who were out hunting for stray cattle, came suddenly upon seven figures, closely wrapped, mounted on Indian ponies and moving in single file at a rapid gait, (jog-trot.) towards the North. The cattle men at first halloed at them, but the only effect produced was to make the Indians, if such they were, go faster. The cattle men then becoming alarmed, hid themselves in the hills until dawn when they took up the trail of the mysterious travellers and followed it until they came to where a beef had been slaughtered, in the way peculiar to Indians.1 At first I was not inclined to put much credence in the story, and besides was afraid that anything

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Lewis, Colo., 359, 359 n10

Lyon, N.M. (see Fort Wingate II)

McDowell, Ariz., 114, 114 n14,

449, 460, 478

McKavett, Tex., 480

McKinney, Wyo., 114, 114 n12

McPherson, Ariz. (see Camp Date


Marcy, N.M., 501

Massachusetts, Colo. , 348 n1

Mojave, Ariz., 50, 50n7, 111, 121 n3, 448, 478

Niobrara, Neb., 13 n1, 124, 403,

403 n5, 456, site selection for,

13; described, 131–32, 136

Omaha, Neb. (see Omaha Barracks)

Phil Kearny, Wyo., 507

Randall, S.D., 235, 235 n1

Reno, Wyo., 507

Robinson, Neb. (upgraded from

Camp Robinson), 32, 107, 107 n6, 143, 146, 447, 448, 464,

467, 472, 480, 486, 498, 505,

508, 509; described, 144–45

Sanders, Wyo., 23, 23 n11, 41,

45, 101

Sill, Okla., 448, 495

Snelling, Minn., 467

Sumner, N.M., 376

Thomas, Ariz. (see Camp Thomas)

Union, N.D. (American Fur Company), 349 n2

Union, N.M., 392, n9

Wallace, Kans., 20, 20 n8–9, 22

Washakie, Wyo., 67, 67 n8, 325

Whipple, Ariz., 5 n17, 115, 116

Wingate I, N.M., 374 n15

Wingate II, N.M., 374, 374 n15,

376–77, 389, 391, 406–7, 410,

414, 423, 440, 441


Fort Bridger Treaty, 504

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Atlanta, Battle of, 286, 287

Augur, Jacob, 39, 40, 298, 309,

344, 421

Austin, Albert, 121, 148, 155,

329, 421

Ayers, James C., 173, 174


Babcock, John Breckinridge,

309, 323, 325, 344, 422

Bachiller de Salamanca

(book), 328, 328 n5

Bailey, Edward Lyon, 306,

330, 345, 422

Bainbridge, Augustus Hudson,

42–43, 47, 349, 422

Bainbridge, Mrs. Augustus

Hudson, 348

Baker, James (Old Jim), 326,


Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 129,

129 n19

Bannock Indians (see also

Bannock Uprising), 1,

35–37, 43, 45, 51, 57, 91 n17, 126, 216, 348; farming among, 44, 52

Bannock Uprising, 35–36, 35 n2, 43ff., 199

Barrett, Lawrence, 412, 480

Barnett, Richards, 282, 385,


Barry, William F., 249, 249 n2,


Barstow, O. C., 353, 353 n11,


Baxter, Lieutenant, 167–68

Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of (see Disraeli,


Beecher’s Island Fight, 292

Belknap, William Worth,

186–87 n10, 480

Bell, Alexander Graham, 19 n1–2

Bell, Chidchester, 19 n2

Benét, Stephen Vincent, 337,


Benét, Mrs. Stephen Vincent,


Bennett, James Gordon, 353

Bennett, L.M., 415, 417

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16. The Little Bighorn Battlefield

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The Little Bighorn Battlefield

July 14th. Broke camp, taking trail alongside of Mountain overlooking Shell Creek. Had considerable difficulty in forcing a trail through trees and bushes and over rocks and especially across ground made miry by the great number of springs bubbling to the surface.

After one and [a] half miles march, found Shell creek at a point where it had split into several channels: the largest some thirty feet wide, three deep and with a current whose velocity could not have been less than twelve miles an hour. When we had accomplished this feat, we heard the booming and roaring of a great affluent a short distance ahead and knew that our day’s labor had but just commenced. This “affluent”, as we at first termed it, turned out to be the main stream. It was nearly twenty five yards broad, two and three feet deep and of an exceeding velocity, its waters being churned to foam as they fretted along among the rocks which projected like teeth from the bottom. On this account these crossings have had enough of the element of danger to make them interesting, but up to this time no disaster has occurred. (General Sandy Forsyth was nearly drowned in No Wood creek, but I forgot to refer to the incident in its proper place.)

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15. A Hunting Trip

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Chapter 15

A Hunting Trip

[July 1, 1877]1 Our party assembled at Camp Brown, Wyo., a pleasant little post on the Little Wind River, one of the head-waters of the Big Horn River. To reach there, Lieut. Schuyler and self started in advance of the main party and came, via U.P.R.R. to Green River

Station, 900 miles or so West of Omaha, Neb., thence by stage and ambulance (150) miles north to Brown. (A description of this portion of the trip has been given in another diary.)2

At Camp Brown, we were received most hospitably by Captain

[John] Mix, 2d Cavalry, Lieut. [Henry Clayton] Lapointe, of same

Regiment, and Doctor Grimes, the Post Surgeon. We found Lieuts.

Rockwell and Wheeler already in camp with the escort, Company

“L”, 5th Cavalry, which had marched across country, up the Sweetwater Valley, from Fort Fetterman.

By June 29th, the entire excursion had assembled, comprising the following members:

Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan

Brigadier General George Crook

------ D. B. Sackett

1. West Point’s designation, but more likely June 30.

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