Brigham Young recounts the expedition to Orson Hyde.

Feb 28, 1850
Brigham Young
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Brigham Young, Letter to Orson Hyde, February 28, 1850, Brigham Young Office Files

Thomas Bullock
Brigham Young, Orson Hyde
Orson Hyde

Since our last communication the Utah Lake Indians have been very hostile, killed many scores of the brethrens's cattle and threatened waylaid and shot at the brethren at Utah until self defense demanded immediate action. The case was stated to Capt. Stansbury of the Corps of United States Engineers stationed at this place also to such offices of the United States army, stationed at Ft. Hall, as happened to be here, and they also agreed that it was necessary that the Indians should be whipped and corrected, and that it belonged to the United States troops at Fort Hall to do it but the snow was so deep that those troops could not be come at, therefore it was necessary for the citizens to proceed against the Indians, which they did accompanied by some of the United States Officers. A portion of the Indians entrenched in the bush near Fort Utah and fought ten days, with the loss of several of their warriors and one of our brethren, and a few wounded, now convalescent, by the night following the two days fight the [illeg] Indians retreated to the mountains, whether they were pursued...was offends them, and other clans of the same tribe in various Kanyons around the Lake, but they also said they would fight till they died--they would have no place--when our men proceeded to slay the warriors, and take their squaws-and popooses prisoners. Many of the Indians fled, and could not be found--peace was apparently restored after Killing some twenty or thirty indians and the squaws and children prisoners were distributed among the citizens, clothed fed, and taught to [illeg.]. There are many tribes called Utah's from many of whom we have heard, and they appears satisfied with our course, and say the Lake Utes are bad Indians. There is no probability that the remaining Utes will offer any further violence at present, and we hope, never.

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