State of Nebraska - Genealogy Trails
Attempt to Disarm Big Foots, Captive Band Results in Disastrously to the Reds
Hostiles Suddenly Attack Troops and Break for Liberty -- The Fiends Pursued and Shot
Twenty-five Soldiers and 800 Reds Killed - Attack on Pine Ridge Agency
Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., Dec. 31, -- Couriers from the Bad Lands have arrived here and
announce that a bloody and desperate conflict occurred Monday morning on Porcupine
Creek between the United States troops and the hostiles. The fight was precipitated by an
attempt of the troops under Col. Forsyth to disarm Big Foot's band. Capt. Wallace,
commanding K troop of the Seventh Cavalry, was Killed. Lieut. Darlington, of the same
regiment, was shot in both arms. Several soldiers and a number of Indians were also killed.
The greatest excitement prevails here among agency employees and also among the friendlies,
many of whom are relatives of the young Bucks now on the warpath. Grave fears are
entertained here for the safety of this post. The courier who brought the news of the conflict
could only give the facts of the commencement of the fight.
How the Fight Went
Some of the Details of the Battle at Wounded Knee Creek
Wounded Knee Cheek, Neb., Dec. 29 —Bright and early were the troops up Monday
morning. At 8 o'clock they were ordered to be in readiness to move. At that hour the
cavalry and dismounted troops were massed about the Indian village, the Hotchkiss guns
overlooking the camp not fifty yards away. Col. Forsythe ordered all the Indians to come
forward away from the tents. They came and sat in a half circle until counted. The
dismounted troops, Company K, Capt. Wallace, and Company B, Capt. Varnum, were
then thrown around them.
Ordered to Give up Their Guns
By twenties they were ordered to give up their arms. The first twenty went to their tents and
came back with only two guns. This irritated Maj, Whiteside, who was superintending this
part of the work. After a hasty consultation with Col., Forsythe he gave the order for the
cavalrymen who were all dismounted and formed in almost a square, about twenty-five
paces back, to close in. They did so and took a stand within twenty feet of the Indians, now
their center. When this was done, a detachment of cavalry afoot was sent to search the
tepees. About sixty guns were found, but while this work was going on the warriors held
an incantation pow-wow. The teepees having been gone through, an order was given to
search the warriors. All thought of trouble was evidently wholly out of mind with the soldiers.
About a dozen of the warriors had been searched, when like a flash the rest of them jerked
guns from under their blankets and began
Pouring Bullets Into the Ranks
of the soldiers, who a few minutes before had moved up almost within gun length. The Indians
who had no guns rushed on the soldiers with tomahawk in one hand and scalping knife in the
other. The troops were at a grave disadvantage, fearing shooting of their comrades.
The Indian men, women and children then ran to the south, the battery firing rapidly as they ran.
Soon the mounted troops were, after them, shooting them down on every side. The engagement
lasted fully an hour. To the south many took refuge in a ravine from which it was difficult to
Pandemonium Broke Loose
News of the Fight Stirs Up Indians at Pine Ridge— Fighting Near the Agency.
Rushville, Neb., Dec. 31, -- When the news of Monday's fight reached the agency at
Pine Ridge pandemonium broke loose among the 5,000 Indians gathered there, and a large
number of these broke away. The friendly Indians Including Red Cloud, joined the army
forces under Gen.Brooke. At sundown.
Fighting Had Commenced
within three miles of the agency buildings and a determined effort was being made by the
reds to reach and burn the agency. An Indian village of friendlies in plain sight of the agency
was seen to go up in flames just before dark. These facts were from an official courier, who
was an eye witness to the trouble that occurred at and near the agency. He came here by
order of the agency authorities, bringing special dispatches and to
Warn the Settlers Everywhere
to be on their guard. The captain of the Rushville home guard has received official notice
from the agency to make every possible preparation for defending the town and to see that
the adjacent settlers were notified. Soon the terrified people came in and before mid-night the
town was crowded. It is the
Brought cooler beads that no imminent danger threatens the railroad towns. Monday's battle
has made it almost certain that A Bloody War Will Follow.
A large number of warriors who favored peace have gone to the Bad Lands, and now with
a strong force of fighting bucks, it will be a difficult matter to dislodge Kicking Bear. Two
Strikes band was coming in toward the agency, but it is now certain that they will turn back.
KILLED 300 INDIANS Such is Agent Royer's Report to the Indian Department
Washington, Dec. 31.— Additional information concerning the battle between government
troops and insurgent Indians was received at the Indian bureau from Agent Royer, of Pine
Ridge agency, who telegraphed Commissioner Morgan as follows; "On Wounded Knee
creek, Monday morn-while disarming Big Foot and his band, after surrender, a fight took
place, which resulted in the
Killing of About 300 Indians
And several of the soldiers, including Capt. Wallace, with a number wounded. Two Strike
and his party, who were on White Clay creek, just below Red Cloud's house, opened fire on
the agency from the hill tops opposite the boarding school, wounding two soldiers. The police
opened fire killing two of Two Strike's Indians and wounding several others. Two Strike and
his band have retreated in a northwesterly direction from the agency, and it is supposed he is
trying to make his way back to the Bad Lands. Thus far the Pine Ridge Indians have taken no
active part in the matter. Big Foot, Kicking Bear and Two Strike and his band have been
taking an active part in the disturbance. Commissioner Morgan sent the dispatch to Secretary
Noble, who immediately sent it to the President.
Twenty-five Soldiers Killed
Omaha, . Neb., Dec. 31.-- Col. Forsythe reached Pine Ridge Agency Tuesday morning with
the Seventh cavalry and surviving prisoners. He reports twenty-five of his men killed and
thirty-four wounded in the fight on the Porcupine . Gen. Brooke has since the fight revoked
his order for trains to carry prisoners south under guard. There is only a remnant left.
Panic Reigns Supreme
Settlers Around Pine Ridge Fleeing To Escape the Impending Massacre.
Five Thousand Sioux Camped Around the Agency May Riseut Any Moment.
Little Wound and Two Strike Reported Massing Their Bands to Avenge Their Dead
Rapid City, S. D., Dec. 31.-Panic reigns supreme between here and the camp of the
government troops on Wounded Knee creek, the scene of Monday's bloody battle with
Big Foot's treacherous band. Settlers are fleeing in all directions to escape the impending
massacre, and the roads are crowded with terror-stricken women and children. In the
vicinity of the Pine Ridge agency the greatest fear prevails. Five thousand Sioux are
encamped in a circle round the agency building, and if an uprising occurs, as now seems
only too probable,
Nothing Can Save From Awful Death
the corporal's guard of infantrymen sent from Omaha to guard the ranch. Every succeeding
hour makes danger more imminent. From midnight until early morning desultory firing in the
outskirts of the agency warned the brave defenders of the agency buildings that their hours of
safety were numbered. Little Wound and Two Strike, inflamed to avengeful passion by the
news of Big Foot's fatal treachery, are reported to be
Massing for Instant Attack.
The Indian police already have had lively skirmisening with the hostiles in the vicinity of the
school building. If an attack is made the result will be the instant destruction of the entire
camp, as all the buildings are of wood, and as they are in an almost defenseless condition.
Everything is hoped for upon the arrival of Gen. Miles, who is on his way to the scene of
danger. A panic also prevails at Rushville, but it is thought the town is not at present in danger.
Another Battle On.
General Skirmishing Indulged In Between Troops and Reds at Pine Ridge
Omaha, Dec. 31.—News is exasperatingly meager from the seat of war. Dispatches to the
army headquarters state that a general skirmish is in progress between the hostiles and the
troops and police. It is feared that a portion of the Friendlies will prove treacherous and join
Mitchell Daily Republican
Mitchell, South Dakota, Wednesday, December 31, 1890