Cherokee Phoenix


Published July, 7, 1832

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St. Louis, June 9.--There has been no intelligence of general interest received from the seat of war since our last Publication. Gen. Atkinson remains at Ottawa (the Illinois Rapids,) with some three hundred militia; the regular troops are at Dixon's, and are fortifying themselves. It is said that Gen. Brady has arrived at Head Quarters with one hundred men from Fort Winnebago. It is not yet known whether the Saucks and Menominees have answered the call made upon them by Gen. Atkinson.

The new draft made by Gov. Reynolds is rapidly filling up. In a week there will be three thousand citizen soldiers in the disturbed country, enough, we should suppose to authorize the expectation of active and effective operations.

We have great pleasure in stating that the two young women who were made captives by the Indians, at the butchering affair on Indian Creek have been restored to their friends. The following correspondence, with which we have been obligingly favored, will show the means made use of to effect the liberation of those unfortunate persons. In addition, we state, that Major Gratiot, the sub-agent for the Winnebagoes, acting under orders from Gen. Atkinson, in the successful attempt to use his friendly Indians for this most important and humane object. --- Times.

Copy of a letter from Capt. Sherman of the Illinois Militia, stationed at the Blue Mounds near Dodgeville, dated, Blue Mounds Fort, 30th May, to Gen. Dodge.

General---We have just received your letter by the return of the Indian express sent out yesterday, which is brought back by the White Thunder his brother. They stated that the Winnebagoes have succeeded in purchasing or getting the two young women taken prisoners by the Sacs and after having made the purchase the Winnebagoes departed immediately with their redeemed prisoners to Coskohan, and thence to Coskohan Lake where they encamped. They afterwards pursued them to that place and surrounded them saying that the Winnebagoes should not escape with the captives. Mr. Blanchard, who has just returned from the village, states that the Winnebagoes are apparently in great alarm, and are moving their women and children across the Ouisconsin, after which they intend to go to the rest of the party who are surrounded by the Sacs.



P. S. The Winnebagoes have also stated that all their principal Chiefs are among the number surrounded and that our army is not far from them, and that they fear very much that they will all be destroyed with the Sacs, in the event of an attack from the whites. There are said to be 400 of the Sacs, and that two war parties are now on their way to attack this place.

Dodge Green, 30th May,

Captain Gentry and Roundtree:

Gentlemen- I have this moment received a letter from Capt. Sherman, a copy of which I here enclose. I have sent an express to Capts. Gratiot and Clark this night, and have directed them to muster their companies as early as possible tomorrow, and march them to Mineral Point.--I hope you will be able to meet at Mineral Point tomorrow evening. If possible I wish to reach Mound Fort tomorrow night.

It is a matter of the first importance that we should know the relation of the Sacs and Winnebagoes. The liberation of these unfortunate female prisoners is also a subject of our earnest prayer.

In a letter just received from Capt. Hamilton of 20th inst. in which he expresses an opinion that the Illinois Militia will be discharged on the 20th inst. Gen. Atkinson is building a Fort at Dixon's Ferry, of course the security and protection of this frontier will now depend entirely on ourselves.


Com. Horse Comp. Mi. Ter.

A letter from Gen. Dodge received 2d. June, about 4 o'clock P.M. says the Winnebagoes have delivered to him the two female prisoners. Major Gratiot, sub-agent, furnished the goods, 'c. for the purchase, $2,000.


St. Louis, June 12-- From the Indian War we have no important intelligence. The new levy of Illinois Militia have not yet assembled at the point of rendezvous, but are now on their way. Two companies of the United States troops, under the command of Col. Davenport, arrived yesterday, in the steam boat Otto from Cantonment Leavenworth, and will proceed today up the Illinois River, in the steamboats Caroline and Winnebago. Two other companies under the command of General Brady arrived at Gelena on the 31 inst. destined for Gen. Atkinson's Head Quarters. We are happy to have it in our power to state, that the two young women who were taken prisoners have been rescued through the intervention of a band of friendly Winnebagoes, and by paying a ransom of $2,000 worth of goods. The Indians have doubtless, since the return of the Militia, dispersed into small parties through the country for the purpose of hunting and fishing. It is however reported that they are embodied on an island formed by the Four Lakes which affords them protection on almost every side, and a safe retreat by means of canoes, should they be routed.__Rep.