they can scarcely escape starvation during the approaching winter. It is peculiarly gratifying to the Brigadier-General commanding to know that the tremendous fatigues and manifold dangers of the expedition thus far have entailed so small a loss in his command. A less careful policy than that adopted might have effected the destruction of more of the enemy, but that could only have been done by a proportional exposure on our part, and the consequent loss of many more lives, bringing sorrow and mourning to our own homes. Let us therefore return thanks to a merciful God for his manifest interposition in our favor, and for the success attendant upon our efforts to secure peace to the borders of our own state, and of our neighbors and friends in Dakotah Territory; and as we proceed on our march towards those most near and dear to us, let us be prepared to discharge other duties which may be imposed upon us during our journey, with cheerful and willing hearts. To regimental and company officers of the command, the Brigadier-General commanding tenders his warmest thanks for their cooperation and aid on every occasion during the progress of the column through the heart of an unknown region, inhabited by a subtle and merciless foe. For the friends and families of our fallen comrades we have our warmest sympathies to offer in their bereavement. General Sibley takes this occasion to express his appreciation of the activity and zeal displayed by the members of his staff, one and all. By command of
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