Week 38: September

Week 38: September 17th thru 23rd

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9/17 of… 1836

Born in Leipsic, Kent County, Delaware: William Jackson Palmer. Civil engineer, soldier, railroad builder, philanthropist.


The Treaty of Ft. Laramie (1851) involved many tribes and agreed on some traditional tribal boundaries — but was really intended to protect settlers on the Oregon Trail. Typically, payments and goods promised to Indians never materialized and the volume of settlers steadily increased. When gold was discovered on Indian lands the treaty, as most, was just so much smoke.  {001}


Battle of Beecher IslandGeneral Phil Sheridan had sent 50 civilian scouts under the command of Maj George Forsyth on a punitive expedition against raiding Indians in today’s northwest Kansas/Colorado area. A week out from staging at Fort Wallace, KS, they found the offending Indians at dawn. Some estimates suggest perhaps as many as 750 Cheyenne and Sioux warriors. (Cheyenne Warrior Woman Ehyophsta* was in this fight).
Forsyth prudently led his command to a sandbar in the Arkansas River, had them kill the horses to build a breastworks and dig in behind it as best they could. In a desperate three day battle many, including Forsyth, were wounded. His second in command, 3rd Infantry Lt. Fredrick Beecher, scouts George W. Culver, Louis Farley and the acting surgeon were killed. Several brave volunteers started out to walk the perilous 60 miles back to Fort Wallace for aid. The survivors fed on their slowly decomposing horses and waited…  {001}
see also:
Quotes Index – Commentators QuotesBattle of Beecher Island
Photo gallery Index – Indian Photos –
Indian Women WarriorsEhyophsta


Cheyenne Chief Roman Nose - Week 38: September 17th thru 23rdKilled in the Battle of Beecher Island, important Cheyenne political/war leader Roman Nose. The first charges were broken and the battle seemed not to be going well, when a group of young warriors persuaded him to lead a charge. He had refrained from battle that day, having had a premonition that death awaited him if he did. He was correct. A great loss to his people. Photo: U.S. PD pre-1868 -Roman Nose {001}
see: Battle of Beecher Island – above


S.K. Wall murdered by Jack Wight and George Witherill for his sheep and money in Douglas County, Colorado.  {001}


The Sam Bass Gang+2 takes the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific train at Ogallala, NE, for $60,000 in gold coin.  {001}


Same place, same driver: Black Bart stops the stagecoach from Eureka to Redding but the take is piddling, Shasta County, CA.  {001}
Wk. 41, 10/08/1881 – Black Bart

9/18 of… 1855

Born in Henriville, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada East: James P. “Jim” Masterson. Buffalo hunter, lawman, gunfighter.  {001}


The Sam Bass Gang+2, including Tom Nixon and four others robOld West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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