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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Purdy, Helen M.
Margaret C. Low,   pp. 73-75 PDF (576.4 KB)


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her married life was spent in the far west where she
encountered many hardships as well as narrow escapes
from death, but with it all had many pleasant exper-
iences.
    She was a very courageous woman, always facing
danger in a quick but decided manner. At one time when
stationed at Fort Edwards on the Mississippi river she
probably saved the lives of Captain Low and Major
Lamed. The troops had not been paid for two years and
were getting restless. When Major Lamed arrive at the
fort with money to pay the troops at Fort Snelling, the
soldiers could not understand why they could not be paid.
Major Lamed could not do this, without orders from
Washington, which in those days meant weeks, and must
proceed to Fort Snelling. Captain Low had gone to the
village and in his absence, Mrs. Low sent a servant with
milk to the officers quarters.  The man returned
saying the sentry would not let him pass the gate. Mrs.
Low said she would see if he would allow her to pass.
The sentry said she could pass. This she did not wish
to do as she saw the Captain approaching, at the same
time the soldier raised his gun and Mrs. Low called to
her husband to look out, the man was going to fire. The
Captain knocked the man down, ordered the drummer to
call the roll and found that eight or ten of the men had
attempted to start a mutiny, thinking by so doing they
could rob Major Lamed of the money. The guns were
taken away from the men and they were cast in the
guard house. So ended the mutiny. Mrs. Low was
given the honor of saving the lives of her husband and
Major Lamed.
     In 1832 most of the troops at the Fort were ordered
to Lake Koshkonong to assist in the "Black Hawk" war.
Captain Low was in command. At one time a large
party of Winnebago Indians rode up to the fort and asked
to enter, saying they were friendly Indians. This re-
quest was refused and soon they rode away. It was
thought had they been allowed to enter and found so
few men garrisoning the fort they would have massacred
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