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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
o ascend the river of this name, moving in a north-north-western direction, to attack the Indians in the rear and cut off their retreat by preventing them from passing over to the right bank of the river. On the 26th of June, Sibley's column reached the borders of Lake Traverse on the western frontier of Minnesota, and, continuing its march, crossed, from the 4th to the 17th of July, the two branches of the Cheyenne River, after having been revictualled on the 9th by a train sent from Abercrombie, one of the posts established on the frontier. On the 20th it was camping on the borders of Devil's Lake. The Sioux, whose plans of campaign had just been thwarted by the death of their chief, Little Crow, killed by a white man, had suddenly retreated toward the Missouri at the approach of the troops. Sibley, discovering the tracks of this retreat, had started to pursue them, and by forced marches he had at last reached them July 24th on the centre of the high plateau called by the old