Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Purdy, Helen M.
Margaret C. Low, pp. 73-75 PDF (576.4 KB)
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 74
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