t may now be said that we have undisputed possession of all the Indian country north of the Arkansas river.
If there are any forces on this side of the river they will doubtless plunge into, it rather than to cross swords with our troops.
Colonel Standwaitie, who has commanded the Rebel portion of the Cherokees, is himself a Cherokee, and seems to have a wider fame than his valor and military skill entitle him to. We have heard a good deal of him ever since we came into this country last June, but have been unable to meet him. When we have had a skirmish with any of his Indians, it has always turned out that he was not with them.
We do not quite regard him as a mythical character, but we do not believe him to be such a brave and dashing Indian as he has often been represented, and as the frequent use of his name in connection with predatory actions would indicate.
He has never boldly attacked even a detachment of our troops.
Our Indians say that his name is not appropriate at
r of rebel Indians, a mile below this place, and that they killed half of the rebel party, but got four of their own men badly wounded in the affair.
He spoke very good English, and seemed to be telling a straightforward story.
A grain of allowance, however, should, perhaps, be made for exaggeration.
But from the information which we receive from time to time, there is no doubt but that such bloody contests are quite common in different parts of the Nation.
We were in this section last June with Colonel Jewell, of the Sixth Kansas cavalry.
An incident occurred near here, which is worth mentioning, now that were are on the ground again.
While we were encamped on Cowskin prairie we received information through our scouts that Colonel Standwaitie, with a force of four or five hundred Indians, was in this vicinity.
Colonel Jewell, with about three hundred cavalry, was directed by Colonel Weir to make a reconnaissance to this point.
We made a night's march, and late in the after