Fights With Indians: 0052.0046

IDAHO NEWS. – Fights With Indians. –

            The Portland Oregonian publishes the following from the Walla Walla Statesman of march 2:

The Roads – Indians – Steamer – Trains.

            Mr. H. Bledsoe, messenger of Wells, Fargo & Co., arrived from the Upper country, six days from Boise City.  He reports the roads in good condition for traveling all the way, with only twenty-five miles of sleighing (on the Blue mountains) over a hard road.  The weather in Boise City was pleasant in daytime and cold during the night.  The streets were dry and dusty.  Very cold weather in Boise Basin.  Roads were open to Owyhee, and the indomitable Hill Beachy was driving his own stage through to Ruby in one day’s time, in spite of the Indians and elements.  The steamer being built at the mouth of the Boise river by the O.S.N. Co., was waiting for some part of the machinery which was en route.  When it arrives she will be ready to run in four weeks.  A party of twenty men left the Weiser river on the 22nd ult., to scout for Indians down on the Snake river at or near Brownlee’s ferry.  The Indians had stolen some stock from them lately, and some horses from Miller of Boise river.  Mr. H. Greathouse will start a train of one hundred saddle horses and sixty wagons for Blackfoot country, on the 10th of March to 1st of April, in three trains, carrying about thirty passengers to each train.  He expects to make the trip from Boise City in fifteen or eighteen days.  To parties whishing to make a quick trip, at the earliest practicable time, this will be a good opportunity.  Saddle trains leave first, the wagons to follow.  There are several other trains to leave for the same place about the same time.  Passage $80.  Snow was going off very slowly along the entire route from here to Boise, thawing a little every day and freezing at night.  The first pack-train of the season passed down Burnt river on the 22nd, bound for Boise City.  The balance of the machinery for the Snake river steamer started across the Blue mountains on sleighs on the 24th.

            The World of the 24th ult. contains the following:

The Jordan Valley Indian Raid.

                                                                                    Silver City, I.T., Feb. 19, 1866.

Friend Street: - You have no doubt heard of the late raid in Jordan valley, by the Indians, and the attack upon Mr. A. Hall of that place.  I was at his place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  I think he will recover although he received a dangerous wound in the abdomen.  There were about thirty Indians who made the attack on Tuesday at 11 o’clock p.m., and drove away 37 head of cattle and nine horses.  There were five men in the house at the time.  Thirty-seven soldiers from Camp Lyon started Thursday morning in pursuit.  A company of citizens volunteered have started out.

            Two Indians were probably killed at Hall’s, one by Mr. H., and the other by Mr. Killingswork, who shot his man while he was in the act of firing the house, which was covered with grass.

            On Saturday night Reynold’s Creek Valley was cleaned out by the red devils.  The particulars I have not heard, excepting that Hill Beachy lost some of his stock; also a man was shot in the arm, not dangerously, on Crow creek, and his team taken from him.  H _ _ L is to pay generally in this country.

            While writing this I am informed by R. Tregaskis, that a large band of 150 or 200 Indians were seen on the Bruno or Middle river, two or three days ago.  Six men were over in that region, and came upon the Indians unawares.  The white men stayed with the Indians that night.  They offered no violence to the whites.

                        Yours respectfully,                          O.H. PURDY.

            P.S. – Since writing the above, I have heard from the “seat of war.”  The soldiers who made the raid on Jordan valley on the night of February 14th, have overtaken the Indians and captured all the stock but two horses, and killed one or two Indians.  They were overtaken on the Owyhee river, fought a running fight of three or four hours.  The Indians fought like devils.

Indians Fight – “LO” Gets Cleaned Out.

            We are indebted to Mr. Joseph Pinkham, of Umatilla, for a copy of the Boise Statesman Extra containing the following account of a fight with the Indians on Jordan Creek, Owyhee:

            Hill Beachy’s Owyhee stage arrived this afternoon at 5 o’clock with the following cheering news from Captain Walker.  Mr. Beachy did not go over to Ruby this trip, but received the following letters by express.  Passengers who came over from Ruby Corroborate the news, and say that it is generally believed there.  Captain Walker took only fourteen days’ rations with him, and that time expired yesterday.  This information explains why he has not returned.  He appears to have made a very clean sweep of the camp, with the loss of one man.

                                                            Office Wells, Fargo & Co. }

                                                Ruby City, February 26th, 1866     }

Hill Beachy – Dear Sir – Childs, the Government express messenger arrived at Camp Lyon this morning with the news that on the last Thursday Captain Walker came across a camp of Indians about twenty miles from the Owyhee Ferry, at the mouth of Jordan Creek, and charging it left twenty-six Indians dead on the ground.  It is supposed that one made his escape.  Twenty of the Indians were bucks, who fought desperately, killing one man and slightly wounding a drummer boy, name not remembered.

            In charging the camp six women and children were accidentally killed, but this could not be helped, owing to the desperate defense made by the Indians.

            Captain Walker sent to Camp Lyon for horses, having used up and killed nine of his own on the march, and will be with his entire command at Camp Lyon this evening or to-morrow morning.

            It is reported that he took eighteen head of stock – particulars not known.

            The Owyhee Volunteers, not being able to get horses, have gone on to Hall’s ranch afoot, and are determined to get after Mr. Indian.    Yours,


            We also append the following letter from Ruby City as a matter of interest to our Olda County Company, and as explaining the necessity of their going to the support of the Owyhee Volunteers as soon as possible:

                                                            Ruby City, February 26th, 1866.

            Hill Beachy, Esq. – Dear Sir – As Chairman of the Committee to collect supplies for our volunteers, I write to inform you that the boys left Hall’s ranch this morning for the forks of the Owyhee – distant thirty miles from the ranch – where they expect to find the Indians in force and prepared to fight.  If you succeed in raising a company at Boise City, hurry them along to Camp Lyon, at which point they can communicate with our company at the forks of the Owyhee.  It is very probable that our boys will need reinforcements as soon as they can be obtained, as they number only thirty men.  If you get up a company that will take the field at once, please notify me and I will send the word to our men that you are coming.

                                                            Respectfully yours,

                                                                                                            J.A. LYTTLE.

Robbery Of A Stage Station.

            S.P. Dugan writes to the Avalanche from Bernard’s ranch, February 19th, as follows;

            Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise, the stage station at Cold Springs, near Reynold’s Creek, was attacked by the Indians and the horses taken.  The particulars are as follows: I had just arisen from bed and fed the four horses their morning meal of grain, and then, preparatory to getting my own breakfast, had gone down to the spring for water; the spring is situated about forty yards from the stable.  Returning, was about half way from spring to stable, unmindful of danger, when the keen whistle of a ball, followed by the sharp report of a rifle, admonished me that something was up.  Raising my head and looking up the road, not fifty yards from me, were two Indians on horseback – one of whom had just shot at me.  My only arms, a revolver, was in the stable.  Running for the stable, the Indians galloped up the road.  After getting into the stable and getting my revolver, and then taking a look at my friends up the road and thinking from appearances they intended calling again, I saddled one horse, threw my blankets on the others and concluded to run for it,  When I got out of the stable I don’t think the Indians were a hundred yards behind.  The horses would not drive and the red devils were gaining on me.  I left all but the one I rode, and made Carson’s and Bernard’s in double quick; got a party together and followed the Indians to the canon of Reynold’s Creek.  This same party in the earlier part of the night, visited Babbington’s and got ten head at that place.

            P.S. – as many as eight and probably a dozen Indians in all.

Indian Fight.

            A fight occurred on the western side of Fish Creek Valley, about sixty miles west of Paradise Valley, on the 11th January – between the Indians and a portion of the California troops under Capt. Conrad.  The Indians fought with desperation.  They were commanded by Captain John who killed Capt. McDermitt.  He was killed with McDermitt’s rifle in his hand.  Thirty-five Indians were left dead on the field.  Several whites were badly wounded, the Indian camps were all destroyed.

0052.0046: Fights With Indians

Features exerpts from the Portland Oregonian as well as other newspapers on the war with the Indians. Detailed accounts of various fights are listed.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  March 16, 1866
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Victoria Daily Colonist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


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