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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1864
([1864])

Colorado superintendency,   pp. 216-258 PDF (17.3 MB)


Page 227

COLORADO SUPERINTENDENCY* 
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but, unless supported from the east of the plains, will have difficulty in
protect- 
ing settlements and punishing depredations 
I hope you may be able to strengthen the force along the Platte river, from
Fort Kearney to this place, so as to send from camnp to camp escorts to the
travel which could be gathered into large companies for the purpose. Our
sup- 
plies here are now short, and unless the route is thus protected we shall
suffer 
greatly. It would also protect the defenceless settlements on the route to
some 
extent. 
The route of the Arkansas ought also to be protected in the same way if 
possible. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
JOHN EVANS, Governor C. T. 
Major General CURTIS, 
Commanding Department Kansas. 
E. 
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, COLORADO TERRITORY, 
Denver, C. T.,,June 21, 1864. 
SIR: The protection of our line of communication with the States, by which
our supplies and emigration must come to Colorado, being placed under your
command, I desire to call your attention to its importance, and respectfully
to 
suggest to you what has been urged at department headquarters. 
The Indians are undoubtedly hostile, and I am sure that their plan of opera-
tions is to make depredations upon our sparse settlements and upon the trains
coming to the Rocky mountains by running off all the stock they can, and
capture all the available property and prisoners they can take with them
to 
their hiding places. 
To show their plans, as derived from one who lives among them, and whose
information furnished last fall is proved to be correct by the recent depredations
committed, I enclose copies of two statements, marked A and B, made to 
me by Mr.        . The importance of keeping his name secret to prevent his
massacre by these red rebels will occur to you, and, as I have promised it,
I hope 
it may be done. 
I have other corroborating evidence of the correctness of these statements.
The murder of a family-a man, his wife and two children-their being scalped,
and the escape of the Indians with a large lot of stock from the Box Elder
creek, about twenty-five miles east of this place, near the road known as
the 
cut-off, leading down the Platte, has created great alarm and uneasiness
among 
our settlers and the people on the route. 
1 have reliable information to-day from the American ranch, about one hun-
dred and thirty miles from here, on the South Platte, of a party of about
sixteen 
hostile Indians lurking in the bluffs, who chased Mr. Kelley, who came upon
them while hunting, up to his house on the 14th instant. Information from
other points satisfies me that the line of travel to this place from the
Missouri 
river, between here and Fort Kearney, is in great danger of interruption.
As the floods have destroyed most of our crops for this year, we will be
de- 
pendent upon this route being so protected that our trains will feel safe
far our 
supplies during the year to come. If this route is not properly protected
we 
shall suffer the horrors of Indian war, and, as a consequence of our supplies
being cut off, we shall have a famine also. Provisions are now- high, and
scarce, 
and we will be in a horrible condition if the route is interrupted so as
to check 
the coming in of supplies. In view of the urgency of the case I would re-
spectfully call your attention (as early as last spring I suggested itto
department 


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