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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1855
([1855])

[Central superintendency],   pp. 68-118 PDF (20.8 MB)


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COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.                81 
the old chief; and after the murder of the mail party had separated 
themselves entirely from the Wasagahas. Under these circumstances, 
I took these old men with their 40 lodges under my protection. Be- 
tween the 1st and 5th September I collected all of these portions of the
Sioux bands in one village on the Laramie river, 35 miles above this. 
post, and found I had 400 lodges, or about 4,000 souls. 
On the 7th September I received news by express of the battle be- 
tween General Harney's command and Little Thunder, chief of a part 
of the Brul6 band of Sioux, which took place on the Little Blue Water 
on the 3d September. I assembled immediately the chiefs and prin- 
cipal men of the friendly Sioux village and gave them all the particu- 
lars of the battle, and the loss sustained by Little Thunder's band in 
killed, wounded and prisoners. They replied that " General Harney 
had done right; Little Thunder had been told by me, through friendly 
runners sent by them, to keep off from the emigrant trail, and to come- 
over to the south side and take me by the hand, if he was friendly to 
the United States. By remaining on the north side of the Platte he 
showed himself an enemy to the whites." 
I transmitted to General Harney on the 20th August official notice 
of the measures I had adopted and proposed to follow strictly, both in 
respect to the friendly and hostile Sioux, and also the boundary which 
I had designated as separating the neutral from the hostile country. 
I had not, however, received any intimation or assurance that he 
would sanction those measures or respect that line previous to his ar- 
rival at this post on the 15th September. 
In an official interview with the general on the 17th, I gave him a 
brief history of my operations, and requested him to take these friend- 
ly Sioux which I had collected together under his safeguard and pro- 
tection; that I would pledge my head as security for their good con- 
duct and fidelity. 
I am happy to report that the general approved of my conduct in 
regard to the Sioux; and I am also pleased to state that the best un- 
derstanding existed between us in all matters relating to Indian af- 
fairs and the Sioux difficulties during the short time the general re- 
mained at this post. 
In conclusion, I trust my conduct and the manner in which I have 
discharged my duties will be approved by the honorable the Commis- 
sioner of Indian Affairs. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient ser- 
vant, 
THOMAS S. TWISS, 
Indian Agent, Upper Platte. 
Hon. THE CommSssI ER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
No. 28. 
INDIAN AGENCY, FORT LARAMIE, October 10, 1855. 
SIR: I have the honor to state that my annual report of Indian 
affairs of the Upper Platte agency has been delayed beyond the time 
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