1866 June 14 Letter to Lorenzo Snow


1866 June 14 Letter to Lorenzo Snow


Snow is asked to send a Melodeon. After a deadly Indian raid, men were sent to fortify the settlements. A scouting party ends up in a shootout.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


Lorenzo Snow


1866 June 14


Great Salt Lake City


Indian Affairs

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President's Office,
Gt Salt Lake City
June 14th 1866

President Lorenzo Snow,
Brigham City, Box Elder Co.

Dear Brother:-

There is a melodeon of mine that Sister Sprouse has had up at your place, which I am desirous of obtaining for the purpose of tuning our new Organ, and would be pleased to have you forward it down to me at your earliest convenience.

We have stirring times here just at present sending help, ammunition clothing and groceries to Sanpete County. President Wells started for that valley last Monday with twenty-five men and another body of men (numbering over 86) have since started. A raid was made last Sunday on Round Valley, Millard Co., and 150 head of cattle and 75 horses were driven off. The first account stated that three men and a boy were missing; we have since heard that old man Ivie and another man was killed, but have heard no further particulars. The word reached our people in Sanpete valley, and while the command under Col. Heber P. Kimball, which was at Uinta Springs or Fountain Green, was marching from that point to the Sevier river where it was expected the Indians with the stock would cross. General Pace, who was at Gunnison, with a command of twenty-five men, rode on a scouting expedition to Salina. They reached there in the early morning of the 11th, and saw some Indians driving the stock on the west side of the valley and coming, as the brethren thought, in the direction of the Salina ford. They prepared to meet them. But they sheered off for Rocky, or Gravelly ford, higher up the river, and the brethren made for that point as fast as possible. When they reached there they found a large body of Indians there -- out numbering them three to one, and enough beside to keep the stock on the west side of the river. There was no chance for the brethren to do any thing but fight, and that too on an open plain and part of the time under a very heavy cross fire. They fought for three hours, and though the bullets almost rained upon them a part of the time, they escaped without the loss of a man or horse, one of the brethren only being wounded in the leg, and not so seriously as to disable him for active service during the engagement. The Indians dragged off some six or seven of their people who were shot off their horses and a number of their foot men were hurt.

On the evening of the 11th Col. Kimball's command reached Gunnison, having made a forced march through mud and water. A junction of his men and 18 of Gen. Pace's men and 25 of the San Pete brethren, made a command of 86 men, which started on the morning of the 12th with the intention of marking Grass Valley, and falling upon or intercepting the Indians there. We are awaiting further intelligence from them.

There is nothing, aside from these things, that is particularly noteworthy transpiring in the City With love and praying the Lord to bless you I remain

Your Brother,

Brigham Young