George Howland offers account to Daniel H. Wells of expedition.

Feb 9, 1850
George Howland

Geo. Howland, Letter to Daniel H. Wells, February 9, 1850, Territorial Militia Records, Utah State Archives

George Howland, Daniel H. Wells
Daniel H. Wells

At the request of a Council was that another express should be sent to the City I have the honour to make a statement to you in the name of Capt. Grant & others an account of the day's proceedings. The indians are not yet [illeg] that are near the Fort there are still some but it is not known how many. To day we had some very hard fighting with the loss of one life (Joseph Higbee) he was shot through the neck. Mr. Alexander Williams was shot through the shoulder but not [illeg] [?]abus Knowland was shot through the cheek and nose, not in day of Mo. Flynn [illeg] three horses killed, four wounded among the wounded was [illeg] Kimball's. The fire was kept up on the enemy for some time when the command was given by Capt. Grant to [illeg] Kimball & Ferguson to charge on a house (Mr. Beans) which was within a few yards of the Indian Camp. They made a great charge, and took the house in the charge. One man (Mr. Flynn) was slightly wounded, no others suffered. We had two batteries made in the shape of the letter A put on [illeg] into which 12 men got and approached near the enemy all the time keeping up a [illeg] fire but could not get into their camp. Some of the inhabitants of the Fort feel as if they should leave or abandon the place altogether were the Command to be withdrawn without routing the enemy--and some do not seem to care whether they are routed or not as they are going to the gold mines in the spring. "They never have had any trouble with the indians and do not intend to." I am directed to state for Capt. Grant that he would like to have you come to the Fort. We are going to try them again tomorrow and see if we cannot route them altogether by force or strategem. Our men from the city are very much discouraged on account of the manner some of the inhabitants of the Fort [illeg] it seem to put a damper on their courage and patriotism. It would have been far better for <them> to have gone and encamped close by the Indians, than to have gone to the Fort and heard such remarks as "I had soon for the Indians should have my cattle than kill them for you to eat," and "i want [illeg] to go to California with such remarks as these are not calculated to inspire our men at all. As I have nothing further to state as regards the expedition I will now close and forward. Very respectfully Your Obt. Servant Geo. W. Howland

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