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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)


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COLORADO SUPERINTENDENCY. 
headquarters) to the importance of-placing a camp of soldiers at convenient
points 
between Cottonwood and the Junction, eighty miles east of Denver, so that
detachments of cavalry may be kept passing from camp to camp, to protect
the 
travel which could be gathered together in large parties and accompany such
patrol with safety. 
4I would respectfully suggest that a camp be established at Julesburg, and
another about one hundred miles west of that point, on the overland stage
line 
and line of travel on the South Platte, near telegraph offices, and that
such 
detachment of troops as might be deemed necessary be sent at stated times
along 
the line from camp to camp, to and fro, so as to thoroughly protect the route
and give security to travel. This arrangement, with a publication of its
adop- 
tion with the days on which such detachment would march from each point,
I 
am well satisfied will inspire confidence in the safety of both private and
publie 
travel on the route, largely promote the public interest, and be the means
of 
preventing the loss of life and property; and I. am satisfied that this plan
can 
be successfully carried out without a very large force being required to
accom- 
plish it. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
JOHN EVANS, Governor C. T. 
Brigadier General MITCHELL, 
Commanding District Nebraska. 
F. 
STATEMENT. 
DENVER, June 15, 1864. 
Robert North, the same who made statement last autumn, now on file, reports
that John Notnee, an Arapahoe Indian, who was here with himself and Major
Colley last fall, spent the winter on Box Elder. He was mad because he had
to 
give up the stock that he stole from Mr. Van Wormer last fall. He thinks
he 
was with the party who murdered the family on Mr. Van Wormer's ranch and
stole the stock in the neighborhood last Saturday, but thinks most of the
party 
were Cheyennes and Kioways. 
He says that the last-named tribes, and doubtless some of the Comanche 
tribe, are engaged in the war. The Cheyennes moved their families to the
salt 
mines, (salt plains,) on the Cimarron creek. Their plan is to run their plunder
off to the Cimarron, where there is good buffalo hunting. They will keep
the 
stock at the salt plains, or those Mexicans who are in alliance with them
will 
run it off into New Mexico. The Monecoshe Sioux have been among the 
Arapahoes and Cheyennes during the winter, and he saw them. They swore 
that the whites should not make a road through the Yellowstone or Powder
river country. Little Raven, Arapahoe chief, advised them, when several were
talking of this war last fall, to wait until they got their guns and ammunition.
He feels confident that the programme he reported last fall is being carried
out 
now. He has heard the Indians of several of these tribes talking the matter
ver, and they have great confidence that they will drive the white settlers
all 
out of the country and take their land back. They will not listen to argu-
ment. They have been cheated by a few traders and will not listen to reason.
That is their claim, and they propose to treat all of the Indians who refuse
to join them just as they do the whites. They are now doing their best to
get 
all the Indians combined against the whites. 
ROBERT NORTH. 


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