The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War eBook

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(b).  Wichita Agency, L.D., December 15, 1861.

All well and doing well.  Hear you are having trouble among yourselves—­fighting one another, but you and we are friendly.  Our (cont.)]

removed and drastic measures taken with the indigenous of the plains.

The appointment of Hunter to the command of the

[Footnote 141:  (cont.) brothers the Comanches and all the other tribes are still your friends.  Mode Cunard and you were here and had the talk with Gen. Pike; we still hold to the talk we made with Gen. Pike, and are keeping the treaty in good faith, and are looking for him back again soon.  We look upon you and Mode Cunard and Gen. Pike as brothers.  Gen. Pike told us at the council that there were but few of us here, and if any thing turned up to make it necessary he would protect them.  We are just as we were when Gen. Pike was up here and keeping the treaty made with him.  Our brothers the wild Comanches have been in and are friendly with us.

All the Indians here have but one heart.  Our brothers, the Texans, and the Indians are away fighting the cold weather people.  We do not intend to go North to fight them, but if they come down here, we will all wait to drive them away.  Some of my people are one-eyed and a little crippled, but if the enemy comes here they will all jump out to fight him.  Pea-o-popicult, the principal Kiowa chief, has recently visited the reserve, and expressed friendly intentions, and has gone back to consult the rest of his people, and designs returning.

Hoseca X Maria} Ke-Had-a-wah } Chiefs of the Camanches Buffalo Hump } Te-nah Geo. Washington Jim Pockmark

[Indian Office, Confederate Papers, Copy of a letter to John Jumper, certified as a true copy by A.T.  Pagy.]

(c).  LEROY, COFFEY CO., KANSAS, NOV. 4, 1861.

HON.  WM.P.  DOLE, COM’R INDIAN AFFAIRS,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:  Enclosed I send you a statement of delegation of Creeks, Chickasaw, and Kininola who are here for assistance from the Government.  You will see by the enclosed that I have held a Council with them the result of which I send verbatim.  They have travelled some 300 or 400 miles to get here, had to take an unfrequented road and were in momentary fear of their lives not because the secessionists were stronger than the Union party in their nation, but because the secessionists were on the alert and were determined that there should be no communication with the Government.

They underwent a great many privations in getting here, had to bear their own expenses, which as some of them who were up here a short time ago have travelled in coming and going some 900 miles was considerable.

I am now supplying them with everything they need on my own responsibility.  They dare not return to their people unless troops (cont.)]

Department of Kansas was open to certain objections, no doubt; but, to Lane, whose forceful personality had

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