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2: Into the Uintahs

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Into the Uintahs


uly 26th. Major C.S. Roberts 17th Infantry, reported to Genl.

Crook for duty on his Staff as Aide de Camp.

Applied to War Dep’t. for revocation of my detail to the Mily.


July 28th. General Crook, Major Roberts, A.D.C., Miss Gertrude

Belcher (a bright, pleasant young lady daughter of Major [John

Hill] Belcher, U.S.A.) and the writer, left Omaha for the West. In the car with us were Mr. Burt Watson and Miss Yates, accompanying

Miss Belcher as far as the incoming train from the West at Valley.

Shortly after leaving the dépôt, General Crook received a telegram from Lieut-General Sheridan informing him that the Hd.Qrs. Dep’t

Platte were to be removed back to the city of Omaha. This is simply a common sense move, based upon wise business consideration. The transfer to Fort Omaha in the first place was a piece of clap-trap and demagoguery to which, unfortunately, the General of the Army,

Sherman, lent too ready an acquiescence. It was, besides being an unnecessary hardship and inconvenience to the officers immediately concerned and their families, a serious hindrance to public business in separating headquarters supply departments from the mercantile branches of the community, and an extravagant increase

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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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Hoffman, William Edwin, 17, 462

Holden, Edward Singleton, 273,

276, 287, 462

Holmes, R., 260, 462

Holmes, Samuel Nelson, 374

Holt, Charles, 321, 329

Hopi Indians, 325, 325 n10, 379,

385, 399–400, 409, 418, 420 fn

Hopkins (sutler at Fort Wingate),


Horbach, Mrs. J.A., 15, 186

Horbach, Mary “Molly” (J.G.B.’s future wife), 15, 15 n2, 395

Horbach, Paul, 15, 318

Howard, E.A., 200, 497

Howard, James H., 261 n6

Howard, Oliver Otis, 72, 72 n12,

462–63, 505; opinions by Sherman, Crook and Bourke, 166,

166 n10

Howell, Willliam T., 67, 100, 463

Hualpai Indians (see also Indian

Scouts), 121, 121 n2, 123–24

Hualpai-Supai Indians, 122

Hudson River Railroad, 111

Hughes, William Burton, 66, 81

Hughes, William Neill, 374

Huggins, Eli Lundy, 187–88, 216,

216 n1, 218, 234, 242, 247,

266–67, 269, 271, 274, 463

Humpy Saw (Shoshone Indian),


Hunt, Justice (Court of Claims),

274, 294

Hunt, Mrs., 274, 292

Hunter, David D., 161, 463

Hunter, George King, 41, 463

Huntington, David Lowe, 103,


Hurley, Jack (Shoshone Indian),


Hyde, D.C., 360

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De Graaf (fishing companion), 26,

27, 28, 29

Delaney, Hayden, 319

De Jañon, Patrice, 112, 453 de Lesseps, Ferdinand, 169 n14,


Denel, Harry, 273

Denver, Colo., 344, 345,

Denver Pacific Railroad, 343, 344

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad,

344, 345, 346, 356, 398, 401,

Denver & South Park Railroad,


Dermotty, (Adjutant General’s

Office), 275

De Smet, Pierre-Jean, 87, 492–93

De Witt, Calvin, 5, 125, 128, 129,


De Witt, Mrs. Calvin, 132

Dickey, J.J., 48

Dickens, Charles, 269, 382 n4

Dickinson, Alice, 129, 130

Dillon, Sidney, 315

Disraeli, Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield, 319, 372

Dodd, George Allen, 178, 434,


Dodge, Frederick Leighton, 454

Dodge, Richard Irving, 7, 279,

294, 454

Dorantes, Andrés, 415 n9

Dorsey, J. Owen, 157, 172, 174,

188, 190–91, 204, 209, 212,

216–17, 219, 234–35, 238–39,

242, 244, 247, 258, 266–68,

271, 276, 287, 493; and

Bourke, 157; testimony before

Ponca Commission, 223–29,

231–32; description of Ponca clans, 229–31

Douglass, H.M., 33

Dows, Mr., 158, 159


Dows, David, 159,

Doyle, Arthur Conan, 66 n7

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19. Navajo Country

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Chapter 19

Navajo Country


rom Fort Wingate, Bourke and Hatch journeyed to the Navajo Agency at Fort Defiance, Arizona,1 the headquarters of a 5,500-square-mile reservation set aside for the Navajos by treaty in 1868. The treaty concluded a long series of conflicts, to which Bourke alludes in this chapter. Trouble broke out shortly after the American occupation of the region in 1846. Clashes were almost continual until 1863, when Col. Christopher Carson led a contingent of troops and Ute scouts through the heart of Navajo country, destroying crops and livestock, and undermining Navajo subsistence. The Navajos were forced to surrender, and in 1864, some 8,000 were forced on the so-called “long walk” from Fort

Defiance to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where they were interned until the 1868 treaty was formalized.2

April 24th 1881. Sunday. After Guard Mounting and Inspection, during which latter General Hatch closely examined the gun of every soldier and afterwards the arrangement and police of the quarters;

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