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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 
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wherever they may be found, all such hostile Indians; and farther, as the
only 
reward I am authorized to offer for such services, I hereby empower such
citizens, 
or parties of citizens, to take captive, and h61d to their own private use
and 
benefit, all the property of said hostile Indians that they may capture,
and to 
receive for all stolen property recovered from said Indians such reward as
may 
be deemed proper and just therefor. 
I farther offer to all such parties as will organize under the militia law
of the 
Territory for the purpose, to furnish them arms and ammunition, and to present
their accounts for pay, as regular soldiers, for themselves, their horses,
their 
subsistence and transportation, to Congress, under the assurance of the depart-
ment commander that they will be paid. 
The conflict is upon us, and all good citizens are called upon to do their
duty 
in the defence of their homes and families. 
L. 
FORT LYON, COLORADO TERRITORY, 
August 12, 1864. 
SIR: The Indians are very troublesome. Yesterday a party of fifteen chased
a soldier within three miles of the post. Lieutenant Cramer with fifteen
men 
pursued them. After a chase of fifteen miles the Indians halted and gave
fight. 
We killed two, wounded two, and captured two horses. They then retreated
towardQ. Sand creek. Our horses were so much exhausted that our men were
unable to pursue further.  Last evening an express-man was driven back by
four Indians. 
There is no doubt but large parties, since the re-enforcement of Lamed, have
come up the river, and are now in this vicinity. I fear the work at the agency
will have to be abandoned if troops cannot be obtained to protect it. I have
made application to Major Wynkoop for troops; he will do all he can, but
the 
fact is we have no troops to spare from here. We cannot ascertain what Indians
they were, but I fear all the Indian tribes are engaged. 
The Arapahoes that I have been feeding have not been in for some time. It
looks at present as though we should have to fight them all. 
Respectfully, your obedient servant," 
S. G. COLLEY, 
United States Indian Agent, Upper Arkansas. 
Hon. JOHN EVANS, 
Governor and Superintendent Indian Affairs. 
M. 
FORT LYON, COLORADO, 
August 26, 1864. 
DEAR Sin: We are at present without any news from your city for the past
two weeks. The coaches from Kansas City and Santa F' arrive and depart 
very regularly, and we are at a loss to account for the non-arrival of the
Denver 
mail. Every coach is supplied with an escort of from ten to forty men. 
The garrison at this post is too small to allow any number of men to go after
the Indians. 
Nearly every one has left the agency and fled to some place where they can
be protected.  Major Wynkoop ordered Lieutenant Hill to remain there with
twelve men, but they are insufficient to protect the premises and property
here. 
The Inadians stampeded Hayne's horses and mules at the agency on the 17th,
and succeeded in running off twenty-two head belonging to him, and some six
more belonging to other parties. 


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