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[470] of February twentieth, inclosing Col. P. E. Connor's report of his severe battle and splendid victory in Bear River, Washington Territory. After a forced march of one hundred and forty miles in mid-winter and through deep snows, in which seventy-six of his men were disabled by frozen feet, he and his gallant band of only two hundred attacked three hundred warriors in their stronghold, and after a hard-fought battle of four hours destroyed the entire band, leaving two hundred and twenty-four dead upon the field. Our loss in the battle was fourteen killed and forty-nine wounded. Colonel Connor and the brave Third California infantry deserve the highest praise for their gallant and heroic conduct.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief.

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