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Gen. Sibley's Indian expedition pursuing the Sioux over the Coteau du Missouri, Dacotah Territory, after the battle of the Big Hills, July 24, 1863
Gen. Sibley's Indian expedition pursuing the Sioux over the Coteau du Missouri, Dacotah Territory, after the battle of the Big Hills, July 24, 1863
TitleGen. Sibley's Indian expedition pursuing the Sioux over the Coteau du Missouri, Dacotah Territory, after the battle of the Big Hills, July 24, 1863
Date of Original1863
CreatorEllsbury, George H., 1840-1900
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionView from hill top with five military personnel on horses looking down upon soldiers in formation and on horses in maneuvers.
Ordering InformationConsult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services
General SubjectMilitary
Indians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Military personnel
Horses
Military maneuvers
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - War
Sibley Expedition, 1863
Dakota Indians
Personal NameSibley, Henry Hastings, 1811-1891
LocationNorth Dakota
United States
Decade1860-1869
Item NumberFolio 102MiG46.1b
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original14 x 36 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Sketched by Geo. H. Ellsbury, Seventh Minnesota Volunteers" - With caption.
The Sibley Expedition. A correspondent who writes from 'Camp in Dacotah, August 15' furnishes us with sketches of events in General Sibley's Expedition against the Sioux. He says, 'The sketch of the Murder of Lieutenant Beever is a truthful one, so far as could be gathered from the examination of those who visited the scene immediately after.' He was a wealthy Englishman, who had served through the Crimean campaigns, and finally came to this country in search of adventures. He was about thirty years old. He left behind him in New York a fine yacht in which he had once sailed on a pleasure trip to the Wed Indies. Being on General Sibley's staff, he had been sent with a dispatch to Colonel Crooks, who was skirmishing with the Indians. He fell into an ambush and was murdered. One side of his face was hacked off with a hatchet while he was still alive. The illustrations on page 580 represent two incidents in the history of this Expditition. The first shows the Train Crossing the James River on the 20th of July. the locality about 600 miles west of St. Paul, and 100 east of the Missouri, which was the destination of the Expedition. Up to this time the Indians had kept out of sight. But two days after they were massed to the number of 4000 in front of the Expedition. The James River is nearly as black as ink, and the crossing of it by four hundred wagons occupied nearly four hours. There is but one clear stream in Dacotah Territory - the Cheyenne. the Expedition, on its return a fortnight after, crossed the river at a different point. - The other illustration represents The Sioux after the Battle of Big Woods, on the 24th of July. The savages, on being attached, retreated from hill to hill of the Coteau du Missouri, and were finally pursued into a valley where they had recently been encamped. The entire train of the fugitives at last came in sight, and good work was done upon them by our shell and shot. Head not General Sibley's forces been exhausted by a long day's march, by the subsequent fight and pursuit, the whole Sioux force might have been captured. As it was, they succeeded in escaping across the Missouri, which was not fordable by our train. The illustration shows the savages fleeing in confusion between the lakes, with Sibley and his staff upon a hill in the fore-ground." - Accompanying text in Harper's Weekly, p. 587.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Related image of Sibley's troops crossing James River on same page of Harper's Weekly.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6673
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102MiG46.1b)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Languageeng;
Digital IDrsL00078
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Sept. 12, 1863. p. 580
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