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Finerty, John F., 1846-1908. (John Frederick) / War-path and bivouac : or, The conquest of the Sioux : a narrative of stirring personal experiences and adventures in the Big Horn and Yellowstone expedition of 1876, and in the campaign on the British border, in 1879

Chapter II. Miles' battle with Chief Joseph,   pp. 303-310 PDF (1.9 MB)

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   General Howard, marching conscientiously in pursuit of
Joseph, over a difficult country, formed a junction with
Genera] Sturgis about the 10th of September, but it was then
too late to intercept the Indian Xenophon. General Miles,
at once creditably ambitious and boiling with native courage,
saw that a great opportunity had been lost; and that it was
still possible to repair the error and pluck new laurels from
the brow of war. He rallied his available forces, and, on
the morning of September 18th, crossed the Yellowstone, hav-
ing first made dispositions for the forwarding of supplies, and
marched directly toward the Mussellshell. By making in-
credible exertions, the General soon succeeded in collecting
a force, consisting of three troops of the 2d Cavalry-those
of Tyler, Jerome and MlcClernand, Captain Tyler command-
ing the battalion; Hale's, Godfrey's and Moylan's troops of
the 7th Cavalry, Capt. Owen Hale commanding the bat-
talion; Snyder's, Bennett's, Carter's and Romeyn's com-
panies of the 5th Infantry mounted, Captain S. Snyder com-
manding, and a detachment of white and Indian scouts,
commanded by Lieut. M. P. Maus, of the 1st Infantry. The
General also took along a 12-pound Napoleon gun, which,
together with the pack train, was placed under the charge
of Capt. D. HI. Brotherton, of the 5th Infantry, who corl-

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