06 Sep 1864 — Fort Rice
St. Cloud Democrat., October 13, 1864, Image 2
Capt. Fisk's Expedition.
The Situation when Messengers left tor Fort Rice
NAMES OF THE KILLED AND WOUNDED.
[The following letter though giving no later details than the letters, we have published from Fort Rice, will be read with interest, giving as it does the situation of Captain Fisk's little party when the messengers left for assistance. – ED PRESS
BATTLE FIELD, Sept. 6,1864
Circumstances would not admit of my writing you from Fort Rice, but I take the first opportunity to give you an account of our true position. We left Fort Rice with an escort of fifty, men only. We had a pleasant march Until the 3d instant, when we were attacked by about two or three hundred red skins We lost and buried that day two of our men and tour of the Cavalry scouts, besides four wounded. The next day and today we have fought them, marching all the time, until Captain Fisk halted the train and threw up entrenchments, rifle-pits, etc., and this evening sends fifteen men back to Fort Rice for reinforcements.
We have only had one man wounded by them since the first attack, but have taken several scalps and four or five ponies. We have given them more than they bargained for today.
Capt. Fisk, Lieut, Johnson, and in fact his whole party, are all right. We are bound to go to Idaho or die. I will give you full and correct detail when I get there.
As I write there are Indians coursing around our camp, but we are good for them.
The names of the' members of our party who were killed on the 3d were, Louis Neade of St. Anthony Walter Grimes of St. Paul, formerly of White Bear, and Walter Fewer of St Anthony.
Our wounded are Jefferson Dilleto, severely, and Albert Libby of Anoka, slightly. They are both doing well. The names of those killed in the cavalry escort I do not know and cannot learn at this time.
Mrs. W. K. Leonard of Anoka, deserves great credit for her services rendered in attending to our wounded. She is truly a noble woman.
Joseph Delany is all right as yet Your correspondent has the peculiar felicity of knowing that he has picked off two red skins, but the opportunity to continue this amusement seems likely to be presented longer than will be agreeable. I can see the red devils now on every surrounding hill. You must not believe all the frightful stories you will hear about us. I must close this hasty communication as the couriers are about to start for Fort Rice. G. W. M