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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 237

COLORADO SUPtRINTENDENCY. 
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intention to take all the forts on the Arkansas when joined by the Texan
soldiers. 
White Wolf says that no Arapahoes will join in the war against the whites.
If, 
as reported, "Left Hand" has crossed the Platte river, intending
to join "Friday," 
he would have reached there some time since. No Indians have been seen on
the route he would have taken. On my return, having sent back my hired 
horse to Denver, I took the coach to Latham, and, by a visit to Mr. Gerry,
fully 
satisfied myself on this point. I also furnished Mr. Gerry with a passport
for 
"Spotted Horse," and on Sunday morning they would start for the
camp of the 
hostile allied Indians, in the hope of "talking them into giving back
their stolen 
stock." Whether successful in this or not, Mr. Gerry will report to
you such 
information as he may obtain. 
When at Camp Collins I heard from several sources of the crossing of the
stage road of the war party of the Utahs; all was confirmatory of the declara-
tions made to me in the middle park by their chiefs. ' They gave abundant
evi- 
dence of their intention to respect the lives and property of white men,
and went 
in the direction intimated to me during my visit to their camp. Would it
not 
be well for me to go by stage to Fort Halleck, where I should be sure to
see 
"Rocky Thomas" and others whom they will visit on their return,
and leave 
word of the arrival of the goods for the Uintahs, and any other message you
may have for them ? 
I ought not to conclude this report without alluding to the state of the
country 
I traversed. Panic and consternation were universal. I met scores of families
en route for Denver,. but a large majority of the farmers had left their
ranches, 
and were living at improvised fortifications near the base of the mountains.
I 
was frequently warned of the danger of proceeding further, especially alone,
and, 
in turn, used my utmost endeavor to convince the people that the peril, though
real, was neither so immediate nor so great as the exaggerated stories in
circu- 
lation had led them to believe. I heard of three instances of women becoming
insane during the preceding two days from fright, and in many other ways
the 
results of the panic were most sad. As soon, however, as the first fright-was
over, a determination to wreak vengeance on all Indians took place, and I
feared 
for a time that an attack would be made upon the friendly Indians, to whom
the 
government had pledged protection. Indeed, a party of one hundred armed men
started out for the express purpose of cleaning out "Friday" and
his friends, 
but, fortunately, hearing of some hostile Indians being at Fort Lupton, they
went 
in that direction. 
The grasshoppers suddenly filled the air, and covered everything green in
Boulder county, in the early part of the week. Except the wheat crop, which
is being harvested, nothing will be gathered for winter food; and unless
the 
Platte river is kept free from hostile Indians, the future of the people
of this 
Territory is most gloomy. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
SIMEON WHITELY, 
U. S. Indian Agent. 
His Excellency JOHN EVANS, 
Governor and Superintendent Indian Afairs. 
W. 
DENVER, September 13, 1864. 
SiR: I have the -honor to report my return from the friendly Indian camp
on the Cache la Poudre. 
A few hours before my arrival there, on the 3d instant, a party of twenty-
five Arapahoes had gone upon a hunting excursion up the south branch of the
Cache la Poudre, having received a permit from Captain Love, (in the absence
of Captain B~vans,) commani~ant of Camp Collins. 


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