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He felt that he had let General Crook down, even though his detail, one of many in the region, had given the Indians their hottest chase. 5 In spite of his failure, the major made a name for himself during an encounter at Camp Sheridan in Nebraska with Red Cloud and Young Man Afraid of His Horse, two Sioux leaders, during a council that provided a temporary respite from the harsh expedition. Red Cloud ridiculed the quality of the army's Springfield. 45-70 rifles in front of Thornburgh and the major took issue with the aging chief.

Command will consist of three (3) companies of cavalry and one (1) of infantry. Thornburgh Comd'g 27 His telegram illustrates the effect created by the spread of rumors throughout the country between Rawlins and White River since Johnson's fight with Meeker. Like earlier complaints about brushfires, false reports trickling in from citizens tainted accurate information. There was no direct proof that either the agency had been burned or that Utes were amassing a large fighting force. Unlike the tons of contract supplies that teamsters were hauling south toward the agency, reliable information headed north was a much scarcer commodity.

Like earlier complaints about brushfires, false reports trickling in from citizens tainted accurate information. There was no direct proof that either the agency had been burned or that Utes were amassing a large fighting force. Unlike the tons of contract supplies that teamsters were hauling south toward the agency, reliable information headed north was a much scarcer commodity. Late on September 19 or early on September 20, Companies D and F of the Fifth Cavalry left Fort D. A. 28 Some of the men made a few enemies along the way.

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