different bands came forward, throwing
down their arms and raising white flags. The interpreter was
directed to communicate with them, and they asked to have a
council. They acknowledged that their young men had
committed these depredations, and offered to give them up,
and did bring forward six, who were delivered up. Two of
them were shot as they were trying to escape, the next day.
The guard so informed me. I did not see it done." Another
Indian scare occurred in 1864, and additional ear was
created by a rumor that Quantrell's band of bushwhackers
from Kansas intended to make a raid on 0maha. One morning in
part of August, settlers in the vicinity of Elkhorn became frightened at the appearance of Indians, and they flocked into Omaha. Great excitement ensued. Business was suspended, and a strong guard was at once organized to protect the city. This guard was maintained for two weeks. Owing to the depredations of Indians along the overland stage and mail route in the western part of the territory, Governor Alvin Saunders made a call for
militia. Two regiments of mounted
infantry, each composed of six companies of sixty-four men,
were called for - one north of the Platte and the other
south of the Platte - the term of service being four months.
Under this call seven companies were raised, among them
being the following at Omaha: Company A -- R. T. Beall,
captain; George C. Yates, first lieutenant; J. H. Barlow,
second lieutenant. Company B -- John Taffe, captain;
Patrick, first lieutenant; Abraham Deyo, second lieutenant. Company C -- Charles S. Goodrich, captain; Martin Dunham, first lieutenant; David T. Mount, second lieutenant. Company D -- Jesse Lowe, captain; E. Estabrook, first lieutenant; O. B. Selden, second lieutenant. A gun squad was also organized, and officered by E. P. Childs, captain, and A. J. Simpson, first lieutenant. Captain Taffe's company made quite an extended scout up the Elkhorn river, but found no hostile Indians. This result quieted the fears of the settlers who had fled into Omaha, and thereupon they all returned to their homes. The other companies performed the duties of home guard in Omaha. A company of volunteer cavalry under Captain John R. Porter made a scout as far west as Plum Creek, near which point they had a skirmish with a party of Pawnees, killing fourteen of them and taking three, prisoners. This company also
did valuable service in escorting supply
trains from Julesburg to Fort Kearney. Captain E. P. Childs
raised a company of artillery and went to Fort Kearney,
where he did duty for some little time.
MENDELSSOHN & LAWRIE ARCHITECTS.
assistant-surgeon; T. W. Tipton,
Brownville, chaplain; George Spencer, sutler. Captains --
Company A, R. R. Livingston, Plattsmouth; Company B, William
Baumer, Omaha; Company C, J. D. N. Thompson; Company D,
Allen Blacker; Company E, William G. Hollins, Omaha; Company
F, Thomas M. Bowen; Company G, John McConihe; Company H,
George T. Kennedy; Company I, Jacob Butler; Company K,
Joseph W. Paddock, Omaha.
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