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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN TERRITORY,
Fort McCulloch, June 9, 1862.
GENERAL: I forward to your chief of staff, by private hand, a
return of the troops in this division, as far as reports have been received from the
different commands, as all the stationery and most of the blanks procured for this command
in Richmond were stopped on the way somewhere, and appropriated by some one unknown,
including much of the private property of the brigadier-general commanding. The Indian
regiments have for the most part no paper on which to make reports or returns. What little
stationery we have has been picked up in Texas, and we are printing our own blanks.
The brigadier-general directs me to say that the only force of white men now in the
camp or in the Indian country is from Arkansas--one company of cavalry and one company of
artillery, with about 40 men for duty; and from Texas two companies of cavalry. On the
25th of the month, when the wheat harvest will have been reaped, there will be, in
addition, two regiments and one company of cavalry, and one company of artillery, about 80
strong. Field-works have been commenced at this post, because they are indispensable to
the holding of any position in this open country. If completed, 5,000 men could hold the
place against 15,000; but they are only commenced, and, for want of troops to work upon
them, are now suspended.
The general commanding directs me to inform you that General Sturgis has been
removed from the command of the Federal troops in Kansas, on account of his tardiness in
not invading the Indian country and reducing it to obedience, and General Blunt appointed
to command there for that purpose. As this was done long enough ago for the information to
reach here, it is fair to presume that the movement must very soon be made.
The two Cherokee regiments are near the Kansas line, operating on that frontier.
Col. Stand Watie has recently had a skirmish there, in which, as always, he and his men
fought gallantly, and were successful. Col. D. N. McIntosh's Creek Regiment is under
orders to advance up the Verdigris, toward the Santa Fe road. Lieut. Col. Chilly
McIntosh's Creek Battalion, Lieut. Col. John Jumper's Seminole Battalion, and Lieut. Col.
J. D. Harris' Chickasaw Battalion are under orders, and part of them now in motion toward
the Salt Plains, to take Fort Larned, the post at Walnut Creek, and perhaps Fort Wise, and
intercept trains going to New Mexico. The First Choctaw (new) Regiment, of Col. Sampson
Folsom, and the Choctaw Battalion (three companies), of Maj. Simpson [N.] Folsom, are at
Middle Boggy, 23 miles northeast of this point. They were under orders to march northward
to the Salt Plains and Santa Fe road; but the withdrawal of Colonel Dawson's regiment
prevents that, and the regiment is now ordered to take position here, and the battalion to
march to and take position at Camp Mcintosh, 17 miles this side of Fort Cobb, where, with
Hart's Spies, 40 in number, it will send out parties to the Wichita Mountains and up the
False Wichita, and prevent, if possible, depredations on the frontier of Texas.
The First Choctaw and Chickasaw Regiment, of Col. Douglas H. Cooper, goes out of
service on the 25th and 26th of July. It is now encamped 11 miles east of here. Of the
Texas troops, nearly or quite one-third, being over thirty-five years of age, will be
entitled to be discharged unconditionally on the t6th of July, and all of them will demand
to be so. The country to the westward is quiet, all the Comanches this side of the Staked
Plains being friendly, and the Kiowas having made peace, and selected a home to live at on
Elk Creek, not far from the site of Camp Radziwintski, south of the Wichita Mountains.
The Indian troops have been instructed, if the enemy invades the country, to harass
him, and impede his progress by every possible means, and, falling back here as he
advances, to assist in holding this position against him.
The general commanding directs me to say that the withdrawal of artillery and
infantry from this post will be known all over the Indian country within ten days; will be
interpreted to mean abandonment of the country, and may be expected to have a very
injurious effect. As the conscription act forbids the raising of any new bodies of troops,
and as recruits for the two Texas regiments in the Indian country are not likely to be
speedily obtained, the brigadier-general commanding does not expect any considerable
addition to his forces from that quarter.
What will be the probable result, if the country is invaded by a force of 15,000 or
20,000 men, under the circumstances, it is not difficult to foresee.
By order of Brig. Gen. Albert Pike, commanding department:
O. F. RUSSELL,
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