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Tucson, for two days. The country through which they passed was uninhabited, except at rare intervals. There were a few villages of Pimos Indians, a peaceable agricultural tribe; but the country was infested by roving bands of Apache and Navajo Indians, tribes very similar to the Comanches, heretofore described in this volume. Timber was scarce; and, on every hand, the distant landscape was broken by rugged ranges, or bald, isolated mountains. Sometimes the road passed through a region of adds: Some buzzards, wheeling about a neighboring cliff, gave evidence that one of those sickening tragedies, so common in Arizona before and since, had been enacted here. I was afterward told that the party was attacked by a large band of Indians; but, having succeeded in reaching a hill near by, they maintained themselves for several days, killing many Indians and striking terror to the others. But their gallant defense did not save them. The lost men could not reach the water, and at
ers, three men of company D, Fifth United States infantry, twenty-five Apache Indians, and three Mexican citizens. At ten minutes to twelve o'clock we started down the river Pecos, and soon found the cause of alarm. One hundred and twenty Navajo Indians had been within two miles of the fort, and stolen all the Apache horses and mules, and were driving them off as leisurely as though they had paid for them. We rode for twelve miles at a brisk gallop, when we arrived at the top of a small rid miles, shooting them down on all sides. Just as the sun was going behind the hill, we were ordered to cease firing and return home. We went over the battle-ground, and found by the simple rule of addition, that out of one hundred and twenty Indians, we had killed sixty-two. This we call good work, and for which we were complimented by the commanding officer at Fort Sumner. I will here say, by way of explanation, that the Apache Indians spoken of, are a lot of Indians of the Apache tribe
. 52.-General Vance's expedition. Richmond Examiner account. Richmond, Jan. 29. we have some interesting particulars of the recent expedition of the North-Carolina forces into East-Tennessee, which terminated so disastrously, and resulted, among other misfortunes, in the capture of General Vance, who was in command. General Vance crossed the Smoky Mountain at the head of Lufty, with about three hundred and fifty-five cavalry, two pieces of artillery, and one hundred and fifty Indians. The force had great difficulty in crossing; the soldiers had to take the horses out of the wagons to get down the mountain over a perfect sheet of ice for three miles. After getting to the foot, part of the command was left, while General Vance, with about one hundred and seventy-five men, started to Sevierville on a reconnoissance. When in about two miles, he heard of a Yankee train of wagons being there. Our small force immediately charged and captured seventeen wagons, one hundred mu
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navajo Indians, (search)
Navajo Indians, A family that really forms a part of the Apaches, but is more civilized than the rest of the tribe. They occupied the table-lands and mountain districts on the San Juan and Little Colorado rivers, and cultivated the soil extensively. With their more warlike kindred, the Apaches, they have carried on hostilities with the Mexicans from a very early period. Attempts to subjugate them had failed, and treaties were broken by them as soon as made until 1863, when Colonel Carson conquered them and compelled them to remove some distance from their mountain fastnesses. In 1899 they Head of a Navajo Indian. numbered 20,500, and, with the Moquis Pueblos (2,641), occupied a reservation of 7,698,560 acres, at what was officially known as the Navajo agency in Arizona.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Amsterdam. (search)
detected a squaw stealing peaches from his garden and killed her. The fury of her tribe was kindled, and the long peace of ten years with the barbarians was suddenly broken. Before daybreak on Sept. 15, 1655, almost 2,000, chiefly of the River Indians, appeared before New Amsterdam in an immense flotilla of canoes Map of New Amsterdam in 1661. They landed and distributed themselves through the town, and, under the pretence of looking for Northern Indians, broke into several dwellings in sIndians, broke into several dwellings in search of Van Dyck. The people immediately assembled at the fort, and summoned the leaders of View of New Amsterdam, 1656. the invasion before them. The Indians agreed to leave the city before sunset. They broke their promise, and in the evening shot Van Dyck. The inhabitants flew to arms, and drove the Indians to their canoes. They crossed the Hudson and ravaged New Jersey and also Staten Island. Within three days 100 white people were killed, and 150 were made captives. See New Nether
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, California Volunteers. (search)
rt Bowie, Arizona, April 25 (Detachment). Operations against Navajo Indians in New Mexico August 20-December 16, 1863. Skirmish at San Ps in Dept. of New Mexico till July, 1864. Operations against Navajo Indians in New Mexico August 20-December 16, 1863. Action at Pecos Rde los Animos July 19. Expedition to Alamcito Mountains against Indians August 9-20, 1863. Expedition to Jornado del Muerta August 9-20ition to Jornado del Muerta August 26-29. Operations against Navajo Indians August 20-December 16, 1863. Scout from Fort Wingate to Ojo t Fort Terwah and Fort Baker, Humboldt District, operating against Indians, October, 1861, to August, 1862. Ordered to San Francisco Augus Company B --at Fort Bragg, Humboldt District, operating against Indians, October, 1861, to August, 1862. Ordered to San Francisco Augus Company D --At Fort Gaston, Humboldt District, operating against Indians, October, 1861, to August, 1862. Skirmish, Light Prairie, near
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New Mexico Volunteers. (search)
that Department, during entire term of service. Skirmishes at Jornado del Muerta June 16, 1863. Warm Springs, Fort McRae, June 20. Operations against Navajo Indians July 7-August 19. Rio Hondo July 18. Concha's Springs July 29 (1 Co.). Pueblo, Colorado, August 18 (3 Cos.). Scout from Fort Wingate to Jacob's Wells, Ojo Redendo, September 15-October 5. Riconde Mascaras December 11. Expedition against Navajo Indians January 6-21, 1864. Operations in New Mexico and Arizona February 1-March 7. Expedition from Fort Wingate to Gila and St. Francis Rivers May 27-July 13 (Cos. B, F ). Skirmishes on San Carlos River June 7 and 8 rt Goodwin, Arizona, October 1-November 27 (Detachment). Scout in the Sacramento Mountains October 13-21 (Cos. A, L ). Expedition from Fort Wingate against Indians November 23-December 20. Engagement at St. Vrain's Old Fort, Adobe Fort on Canadian River, November 25. Skirmish Red River December 1. Hassayampa Creek D
near old Fort Marcy, between Messrs. John G. Phillips and Joseph Cummings. Fortunately, "nobody hurt." About three o'clock Friday morning Charles Wolf, a soldier, returning from a fandango, was waylaid and inhumanly murdered. Francisco Pancho was arrested upon the dying declaration of the victim, as the man who committed the deed. He has since had a hearing and been discharged. A party of men on their way to the San Juan mines, last week, were attacked near Navajo Springs by Navajo Indians, and one of the number killed. On the 2d ult. the same tribe run off sixty-one oxen belonging to the train of Mr. Vicents Pino, between Las Lunas and Laguna. About the same time they stole eighty head of cattle from the Puebla of Isleta. The Arizona Apaches are in open hostility to the whites of that Territory, notwithstanding several of the bands regularly received arms from the United States Government.--In consequence of recent demonstrations on the part of these Indiana, it is