Absorbing 4-page letter from Fort Kearney, Oct. 27, 1849, to Capt. John Love, describes how "...our mail riders, a dragoon & two citizens having been turned back by a party of 25 or 30 pawnees. I immediately sent them back with Lt. Ogle & 22 men...with the view to their safe passage of dangerous part of the road & apprehension of offending party. The next Day Lt. Ogle met this party...and tried to prevail upon them to come in. They pretended to come back when near a ravine they hestitated and Lt. Ogle ordered two of the troops to tie the two Indians who appeared to be Chiefs of the party. Upon this they fired upon him and he upon them. In the melee 5 or 6 of the men were slightly wounded, one horse killed, Ogle himself slightly wounded in the mouth an arrow have cut thro his lip & gone into the gum,"
etc., mentions several soldiers deserting, one man rescued when he was about to be scalped, plans to go to Pawnee village to demand "the murderers of two Americans on the Laramie road,"
etc., with integral address leaf with FORT LEAVENWORTH MO.
postmark and Roman numeral "X" rate, includes two other covers to John Love, content includes missing mules from train out of Santa Fe and purchase of shot gun, Very Fine
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