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Title: The Pacific tourist : Williams’ illustrated trans-continental guide of travel, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean : containing full descriptions of railroad routes across the continent, all pleasure resorts and places of most noted scenery in the far West, also of all cities, towns, villages, U.S. Forts, springs, lakes, mountains, routes of summer travel, best localities for hunting, fishing, sporting, and enjoyment, with all needful information for the pleasure traveler, miner, settler, or business man : a complete traveler’s guide of the Union and Central Pacific Railroads and all points of business or pleasure travel to California, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Montana, the mines and mining of the territories, the lands of the Pacific Coast, the wonders of the Rocky Mountains, the scenery of the Sierra Nevadas, the Colorado mountains, the big trees, the geysers, the Yosemite, and the Yellowstone
Year: 1877 (1870s)
Authors: Williams, Henry T
Subjects: Union Pacific Railroad Company Central Pacific Railroad Company
Publisher: New York : H.T. Williams
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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sand strong, discovering thesmall force to defend it, attacked the fort withgreat bravery. They had previously run thestage into the station, killing one man and onehorse. When their presence was discovered, but leaving their dead comrades to fall into thehands of the blood-thirsty foe. The Indians per-ceiving their disposition to fall back, redoubledtheir efforts, and endeavored to cut them off fromthe fort. They attacked with greater fury andboldness than ever, and came very near effectingtheir purpose. The men, however, fell back ingood order, and were successful in gaining thefort. The Indians now surrounded this, but theartillery was brought out and served with goodeffect, so that they were kept at bay, and event-ually night put an end to the conflict. In thenight the Indians withdrew, and when the morn-ing broke, not one was in sight. But now comesthe most horrible part of this incident. Themen went out to find, if possible, the bodies oftheir dead comrades. They found them, but
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INDIAN ATTACK ON AN OVERLAND STAGE. Captain OBrien made the best disposition possi-ble with his small force. He left a sergeant withsome twelve men in the fort, to handle the artil-lery, and mounting the rest, thirty-seven menand one officer, besides himself, went out to meetthe savages. The charge was sounded, and inthey went. About a mile from the fort there isa projecting hill in the bluffs, back of and aroundwhich the main body of the Indians were con-cealed. As the men neared the top of this hill,they saw the large force opposed to them, butnever flinched. The Indians charged upon themwith great fury, and for quite a time the unequalcontest was continued. But his ranks havingbecome depleted by the loss of fourteen of thethirty-seven enlisted men, the captain orderedthem to fall back, which they did in good order, nearly all were beyond recognition; stripped ofevery vestige of clothing, mutilated beyond ac-count, cold and stark they lay, in the places theyhad fallen ; their finger
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