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[475] the Indians till General Nelson A. Miles overtook and had a battle with them near Bearpaw Mountain. The firing was still going on when I arrived on the field, and through my own interpreters succeeded in persuading Chief Joseph to abandon further hostile effort and make a prompt surrender.1

In 1876 what was called the “Custer massacre” occurred in Dakota. A large number of officers of the Seventh cavalry were killed, thus creating an unusual number of vacancies in the army.

My son Guy, who had finished his studies at Yale and had been a year working in a Portland banking house, came to me and said: “In our bank a cashiership became available and another young man without experience, just from Scotland, was given the place over my head. Now, father, I want you to ask for me an appointment; your friends are in the army!”

I wrote a dispatch to General Sherman, stating that my son wanted an appointment in the army. Guy, smiling, said: “Please do not put it that way, but say that you want it.”

“All right, Guy, go up home and see your mother and find what she says about such an appointment!”

He soon came back to headquarters and said, “Mother assents, with the hope of something better by and by outside.”

I sent the telegram asking for a commission in the cavalry. Within twenty-four hours an answer was returned: “Your son is appointed by the President, regiment to be designated hereafter.”

He was then placed before an army board, passed a creditable examination, and entered the service.

1 For account of Indian campaign see my works entitled “Chief Joseph in peace and in War” and “My life among hostile Indians.” O. O. H.

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