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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. 
On Sunday last two men named Crawford and Hancock, while on their way 
from the agency to this post, were massacred and scalped by the Indians about
eighteen miles from this post. Major Wynkoop sent out a small party and 
brought their bodies to this.place for burial. 
The crops at the agency are looking finely, and promise a fair yield if prop-
erly taken care of, but I am unable to get men to remain there unless a larger
military force is stationed there. The Arapahoes, which I have been feeding,
have not been in for their rations for some thirty days, and I believe have
joined 
the other Indians in the war. 
The orders are to kill every Indian found in the country, and I am inclined
to assist in carrying the orders into effect. 
Signal fires were seen south of the post on Red Clay creek last night. As
yet we have not ascertained the meaning of them. Indians are lying along
the road between us and Bent's old fort, and it is unsafe to venture out
without 
an escort. 
If possible get more troops ordered into our Territory, in order that communi-
cation with the States may not be cut off. 
Yours, truly, 
S. G. COLLEY, 
United States Indian Agent, Upper Arkansas. 
Hon. JOHN EVANS, 
Governor and Superintendent Indian Affairs. 
N. 
STATEMENT OF MR. LEROY. 
DENVER, C. T., 
Saturday night, August 20,. 1864. 
Mr. Gerry states that two Cheyennes, Long Chin and Man-shot-by-a-bee, 
both chiefs and old men, came to his house about ten o'clock last night to
tell 
him to take his stock away from the river. Mr. Gerry lives at the mouth of
Crow creek, seven miles below Latham, and sixty-seven miles from Denver.
They stated that there were between eight hundred and one thousand Indians
of the Apache, Comanche, Kioways, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe warriors (no lodges
with them) at the Point of Rocks, on Beaver creek, about one hundred and
twenty-five miles from Denver; that in two nights they would make a raid
on 
the river; they would separate I'n parties, one to strike the river about
Fort 
Lupton, another about Latbam, and one at the Junction; that one party had
al- 
ready started for the head of Cherry creek, and still another to the mouth
of the 
Fontaine qui Bouille pueblo. 
Mr. Gerry judges that they intended to keep their rendezvous at the Point
of 
Rocks, on the Beaver, and take there their stolen stock. They told him that
the 
Kioways had with them, in their villages at the Big Bend of the Arkansas,
two 
white women and four children, whom they had recently taken captive on the
Big Sandy, below Fort Kearney. They also gave Mr. Gerry the first informa-
tion he had of the recent attack on Fort Larned. These two Indians told Mr.
Gerry that nearly all the old men were opposed to the war, but the young
men 
could not be controlled; they were determined to sweep the Platte and the
country as far as they could; they know that if the white men follow up the
war for two or three years they would get rubbed out, but meanwhile they
would 
kill plenty of whites. 


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