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10. The Ponca Affair

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arch 11th 1879. Lieutenant-General P. H. Sheridan, with

Generals G. A. Forsyth, A.D.C. and Captain [James Fingal]

Gregory, Engineer Officer of his Staff, and Brigadier General

Crook and the writer, left Omaha, Neb., for a visit to the posts of

Forts Robinson and Sheridan. The journey by rail, over the Union

Pacific Rail Road, as far as Sidney, Neb., was accomplished in the usual time and without special incident. At Sidney, all the officers of the garrison had assembled to pay their respects to the Division and Department Commanders. From that point we proceeded by stage to Fort Robinson. Our vehicle was new, our horses fresh, driver experienced, careful and quick and our party very congenial and good-humored. We laid over for the night at Elliott’s Ranch, and the next day reached Robinson about noon. Colonel Van Vliet, the Post Commander and his subordinates, did everything in their power to make us comfortable. Mr. Paddock, the post-trader, took charge of me, and with the assistance of his amiable wife, made my stay most agreeable.

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8. Hunting the Refugees

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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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5: A Trip East

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ept. 5th 1880. Left Omaha, viâ “Burlington” road1 for Chicago and the East. At dépôt, met my friend, Mr. William Carter, son of Judge Carter of Fort Bridger, Wyo., and also met exSenator [John Milton] Thayer of Nebraska. In Chicago dined at the

Palmer House and then took the Balt[imore]. and Ohio Express for

Washington.

Sept. 6th 1880. Major [Azor H.] Nickerson met me in the R.R. dépôt, upon my arrival. (9.20 P.M.) and took me to his neat little home on Rhode-Island Avenue (near 18th [Street]). During my stay at the

Capital, Nickerson exerted himself in every way possible to make my visit pleasurable. I did not visit many public buildings, my time being too brief, but I saw many delightful people, some of whom I had previously known personally and others through communications. Nickerson’s office was in the War Department, (in the old Navy building.) There I met numbers of officers—Generals [Samuel?]

Breck, [Emory] Upton, [William B.] Hazen, [Richard Coulter] Drum,

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9: The Ponca Commission

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Antoine Leroy and Joseph Esau, half-breed interpreters.

Secretary Schurz. When I talked with them day before yesterday about the sum of money, provided in the Bill laid before Congress two years ago, I made a mistake. I thought then that the valuation of the lands they now occupy, in money, had been much higher than it is, and that it would cost more to buy them.

I thought then that it would take about $80.000 to buy them, but

I find it will not take quite $50.000; about $40.000 and some hundreds.

Bourke’s insertion (I have concluded it would not be necessary to copy down in extenso Secretary Schurz’s remarks to the chiefs for the reason that their purport will appear again in the transactions of the Commission itself and that “boiled down,[”] they amount to about this. The Poncas who had been transferred to the Indian Ty. and who had not joined Standing Bear’s party in their flight back to

Dakota, sent a letter to Secretary Schurz asking permission to come to Washington and arrange about selling their old Reservation. A copy of this letter will be found further on page [190–92]. Having reached Washington, they agreed with the Honorable Secretary to take for their old lands, a new reservation in the Indian Territory, about 105.000 A[cres]., and to have laid before Congress a Bill, making an appropriation of $1450.000 for their use and benefit.

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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,

492

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,

344

Dermotty, (Adjutant General’s

Office), 275

De Smet, Pierre-Jean, 87, 492–93

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

453

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,

453–54

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

Index

Dows, David, 159,

Doyle, Arthur Conan, 66 n7

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