United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1864
Colorado superintendency, pp. 216-258 PDF (17.3 MB)
228 COLORADO SUPERINTENDENCY. headquarters) to the importance of-placing a camp of soldiers at convenient points between Cottonwood and the Junction, eighty miles east of Denver, so that detachments of cavalry may be kept passing from camp to camp, to protect the travel which could be gathered together in large parties and accompany such patrol with safety. 4I would respectfully suggest that a camp be established at Julesburg, and another about one hundred miles west of that point, on the overland stage line and line of travel on the South Platte, near telegraph offices, and that such detachment of troops as might be deemed necessary be sent at stated times along the line from camp to camp, to and fro, so as to thoroughly protect the route and give security to travel. This arrangement, with a publication of its adop- tion with the days on which such detachment would march from each point, I am well satisfied will inspire confidence in the safety of both private and publie travel on the route, largely promote the public interest, and be the means of preventing the loss of life and property; and I. am satisfied that this plan can be successfully carried out without a very large force being required to accom- plish it. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, JOHN EVANS, Governor C. T. Brigadier General MITCHELL, Commanding District Nebraska. F. STATEMENT. DENVER, June 15, 1864. Robert North, the same who made statement last autumn, now on file, reports that John Notnee, an Arapahoe Indian, who was here with himself and Major Colley last fall, spent the winter on Box Elder. He was mad because he had to give up the stock that he stole from Mr. Van Wormer last fall. He thinks he was with the party who murdered the family on Mr. Van Wormer's ranch and stole the stock in the neighborhood last Saturday, but thinks most of the party were Cheyennes and Kioways. He says that the last-named tribes, and doubtless some of the Comanche tribe, are engaged in the war. The Cheyennes moved their families to the salt mines, (salt plains,) on the Cimarron creek. Their plan is to run their plunder off to the Cimarron, where there is good buffalo hunting. They will keep the stock at the salt plains, or those Mexicans who are in alliance with them will run it off into New Mexico. The Monecoshe Sioux have been among the Arapahoes and Cheyennes during the winter, and he saw them. They swore that the whites should not make a road through the Yellowstone or Powder river country. Little Raven, Arapahoe chief, advised them, when several were talking of this war last fall, to wait until they got their guns and ammunition. He feels confident that the programme he reported last fall is being carried out now. He has heard the Indians of several of these tribes talking the matter ver, and they have great confidence that they will drive the white settlers all out of the country and take their land back. They will not listen to argu- ment. They have been cheated by a few traders and will not listen to reason. That is their claim, and they propose to treat all of the Indians who refuse to join them just as they do the whites. They are now doing their best to get all the Indians combined against the whites. ROBERT NORTH.
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