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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, November 01, 1904, Image 12

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357 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
PRISONERS SENT TO FLORIDA
It had been determined, on the surrender of the hostiles, to
select some of the most prominent leaders from each tribe
concerned for a term of confinement at some military prison
in the east. Accordingly thirty-three of the Cheyenne were
selected, with two Arapaho, who, though not concerned in the
outbreak, had been guilty in other ways. Among the Cheyen
ne selected was one woman, who was identified as having
participated in the murder of the Germaine family. While
ironing the prisoners on April 6, a young warrior named
Black-horse, stung by the taunts of the women, kicked over
the blacksmith and attempted to escape, but was immediately
shot down by the guard. The Cheyenne at once attacked
the guard with guns and arrows. A troop of cavfilry was
quickly ordered up from Fort Reno, 2 miles away, when the
Cheyenne fled to the sandhills on the river bank across from
the agency, where they had secreted a quantity of firearms
and ammunition, and, digging pits in the sand, opened fire
on the troops. A severe engagement ensued, the Indian
holding their position until dark, several being killed or
wounded on each side. During the night they fled, and when
daylight came nothing remained of the prison camp but a few
worn-out tipis. Most of the Indians soon afterward surren
dered; but a band of about sixty, including the murderers of
the Germaine family, attempted to eccape to the Dakota
country, and had made their way to the vicinity of Fort Wal
lace, Kansas, when they were intercepted by a detachment
under Lieutenant A. Henley, Sixth cavalry, who cut off
about half of them from the rest. On their refusal to surren
der, he attacked them and killed nineteen, captured over one
hundred and twenty-five ponies, and burned their camp,
with the loss of two soldiers killed. The remainder escaped
to the northward, The thirty-five Cheyenne and Arapaho
prisoners selected for imprisonment were sent to Fort Marion,
near St Augustine, Florida.

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