--A letter to the St. Louis Republican states that Col. Crittenden
, son of the distinguished United States Senator
, on the 27th of December marched from Fort Union at the head of eighty-eight men and officers of the mounted rifles, in pursuit of a large war party of Comanche
and Kiowas, who were reported to be depredating on the Cimmeroncita.
After following their trail rapidly, sometimes by night, he found and surprised them on the morning of the 2d of January, in camp near Cold Spring
, and, after a severe fight, completely routed them, destroying their camp and property, and capturing a great many horses.
There were one hundred and seventy-five lodges in the camp, (one of them containing exclusively ammunition,) all of which were destroyed.
Ten warriors were left dead; number of wounded unknown.
, of the rifles, and three privates were wounded, none mortally.
The officers with Colonel Crittenden
, were Captain Lindsay
and Lieutenants McRae
, W. H. Jackson
, and Claflin
The Indian force was probably several hundred.
Only sixty rifles were actually engaged, and the whole affair is regarded as one of the most daring, brilliant, and successful attacks which has occurred in the Territory
for some time.