Dakota Territory, the new Indian campaign, the Steamer 'Rosebud' transporting General Miles' troops from the south to the north bank of the Missouri, June 9th
|Title||Dakota Territory, the new Indian campaign, the Steamer 'Rosebud' transporting General Miles' troops from the south to the north bank of the Missouri, June 9th |
|Date of Original||1879? |
|Description||Steamboat on river with many men and horses on the two decks. Sign on top of ship 'Rosebud Missouri River transporation' and 'Rosebud' on flag at front of ship. Smoke coming from ship. Other steamboat in distance near shore, likely the Dakota. |
|Ordering Information||Consult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services |
|Personal Name||Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925|
|Organization Name||Rosebud (Steamboat)|
Fort Peck (Mont. : Fort)
Valley County (Mont.)
|Item Number||Folio 102 TrS73.4 |
|Format of Original||Lithographs|
|Dimensions of Original||21 x 29 cm. |
|Transcription||"The New Campaign Against Sitting Bull. In consequence of the reports that bands of Sioux from Sitting Bull's encampment in Canada had crossed the line, the while ostensibly hunting buffalo were raiding isolated white settlement, orders were issued in the latter part of June to General Nelson A. Miles to organize and put in motion, with all haste, a strong column to drive the Indians back. With his accustomed alacrity the famous young Indian fighter proceeded to execute his orders, and as we write has already had an encounter with the invading hostiles. He established his supply depot at Old Fort Peck, using the steamers Rosebud and Dakota in gathering his men and materials. On the 8th of June two companies of the Sixth Infantry arrived at the camp, and a few hours later the Dakota appeared with supplies of all kinds for the expedition. On the morning of the 9th his scouts reported at the south bank of the Missouri. Throughout that day the boats were engaged in transporting troops, friendly Indians, guns, ammunition, etc., to the north bank. General Miles took his departure from Fort Benton, July 14th, with 800 men. He left a guard at Fort Peck and four companies at Mussel Shell, and started north with the rest. He has with him a battery of six Rodman and Hotchkiss guns, 140 boxes of shell, 22, 000 rounds of revolver cartridges, 200, 000 rounds of rifle cartridges, twenty-five travois and several ambulances.|
The first intelligence from the moving column was in the form of a dispatch from Fort Keogh, which said an engagement took place near the mouth of Beaver creek on the 17th, between two companies of troops and Lieutenant Clark's Indian scouts of General Miles's command, and 300 hostile Sioux. The troops lost four Indian scouts killed, and two soldiers were wounded. When General Miles's main column, which was twelve miles behind, came up, the Indians were pursued fifteen miles, but made their escape to Sitting Bull's camp, which was but a few miles off, and on this side the line. Bear Wolf's band of Crows, who are at Terry's Landing, report 300 lodges of Sioux on this side of the Missouri, on their way to Keogh to make friends with the whites.
On July 24th, Secretaries McCrary, Thompson and Schurz had a conference at the War Department with regard to the present Indian outlook in the Northwest. They were unanimously of the opinion that every precaution to prevent hostilities with the Indians should be taken, and as positive orders have been sent to General Miles to proceed cautiously and quietly, and not to bring on a war, no serious conflict is anticipated, although, of course, it cannot be known what action Sitting Bull may take should he perceive the soldiers near the Canadian line. It is thought to be the intention of General Miles to approach the border with a view to reconnoitering Sitting Bull's camp. With reference to the reports from American sources that Sitting Bull's band is on the warpath, the Canadian Department of the Interior does not credit any such rumors. Recent advices from the northwest say that Sitting Bull and his men are peaceably inclined. Their relations with the mounted police were never more satisfactory. It is believed there that General Miles has been misled by the traders and scouts, who are always anxious for a fight. All is quiet within the Canadian territory." – Article accompanying image, publication unknown.
|Notes||Title from caption with image.|
"From a sketch by Holtes." - With caption.
Publication source unknown, although on page 377; possible from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly.
Color version with caption in German also in collection, publication source also unknown.
|Contributor Role||Illustrator |
|Repository Institution||North Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies|
|Repository Collection||Dakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102|
|Collection Finding Aid||Consult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6673 |
|Credit Line||Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102 TrS73.4) |
|Rights Management||Image in public domain. |
|Digital ID||rsL00107 |
|Original Source||Publication source unknown, scan of original lithograph |