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In regard to the Indian massacre of Gen. Custer and his command, Gen Sheridan says he last heard from the expedition from Gen. Terry about the 20th or 21st of June. Terry was then north of the Rosebud, and was lining a campaign against the savages, frequent signs of whose near presence were discovered. It was his intention to have Custer lead the expedition of about 800 men up the stream and to effect a junction with Gibbons' command on the south side of the Yellowstone, at its junction with the Big Horn. This is in the southern part of Montana. It was then Terry's purpose to be himself at the junction when Custer's and Gibbons' forces were joined. If Gibbons reached the junction of the Big Horn and Yellowstone first, he was to march up the former and meet Custer, who was directed to march down.

.From what has been reported I infer that Custer met the savages in force on his way towards the junction and made a daring effort . he was always brave and daring . to cut his way through the enemy, who filled the stretch of country separating the two forces. I do not like to believe the news to be as terrible as it is reported, and there is no reason why the dispatches should not come direct from Ellis, the nearest post to the scene of the conflict. The lines, it is understood, were recently placed in, working order.

(Monroe Commercial, June 13, 1876, p.2, c.2)



A dispatch from Salt Lake says the citizens are excited over Custer's massacre. Several parties have made offers to the Secretary of War to raise a regiment of frontiersmen in ten days for Indian service.

(Monroe Commercial, June 13, 1876, p.2, c.2)


Salt Lake City offers the government a regiment of 1,200 men from Utah within ten days to avenge the death of Custer and extermination of the Sioux.

(Monroe Commercial, June 13, 1876, p.2, c.3)



A Kansas City special says Joe O. Shelby, a noted Confederate general of this State, sent the following telegram to President Grant:
"Gen. Custer has been killed. We once fought him, and now propose to avenge him. Should you determine to call for volunteers, allow Missouri to raise one thousand."

(Monroe Commercial, June 13, 1876, p.2, c.3)


General Sheridan, conversing with a reporter on the Custer massacre, said that the truth was the army was unable to carry out the purposes of the government in the Indian country by reason of its weakness. "I have, he said ,sent every man I could spare into that region, even taking troops from Laramie and Salt Lake. The government in its wisdom directs the doing of certain things in these regions. It directs an expedition like this of Terry, an expedition necessary for the development of that country. We do the best we can with our material, but we are in no condition to do the work required of us." In answer to the question what were the reasons for this campaign, Gen. Sherman said: "We are doing this at the special request of the Indian Department. It does not originate with the War Department at all. Our purpose is to drive these Indians, who are of the very wildest and most savage sort, down on the reservation. You can say that we will do it now or exterminate them."

(Monroe Commercial, June 13, 1876, p.2, c.3)

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