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POPULATION 1863-64—YUMA—CALLVILLE —HARDYVILLE—INDIAN TROUBLES—KING WOOLSEYS FIRST EXPEDITION AGAINST INDIANS—HIS OFFICIAL
According to Hinton (see “Handbook of Arizona,” p. 44), the population of Arizona at the time when the Territory was organized,
was, exclusive of Indians, 581. This is probably an error, Grit embraced only the white population exclusive of Mexicans who
became citizens under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase.
In the Fish manuscript it is stated that in 1864 about one hundred men were engaged in dry washing for placer gold on the
west side of the Colorado near Fort Yuma. On the east side, near Castle Dome, there were about a hundred men engaged in silver
mining. Castle Dome City then had four or five houses. On the east side of the river, and perhaps about twenty-five miles
above Yuma, there were one hundred miners at Eureka District, and about ninety miles above Yuma was the Weaver District, which
was a place of considerable activity. The number of men employed there is not stated. At La Paz it is estimated that there
were probably five hundred miners at work.
Yuma, at this time, was the distributing point for the Territory. Here a Quartermaster's Depot
was erected on the Arizona side of the Colorado by Captain William B. Hooper, Assistant Quartermaster of the Arizona Volunteers.
It was not only a distributing depot for the military posts, but was also the shipping point for Tucson and all the camps
and settlements in the southernpart of the Territory, as well as for the settlements in and around Prescott. In those days
all roads led to Yuma. Fish says: “There was a long row of dance-houses on Main Street where the soldiers and freighters spent
their money, and Charles Horners blacksmith and wagon repair shop was worth $200 a day to the proprietor.”
Besides the places mentioned above, Callville was founded about 1863 or 1864, at the head of navigation of the Colorado River,
by Mormons, who have been the principal colonizers of the western country. Callville was in that portion of what was then
Arizona on the west side of the Colorado, and was established so as to give a shorter and easier road into Salt Lake City
and Utah, over which the Mormons could receive their supplies.
According to the Fish manuscript Callville was located by the Mormon church: “On December 17th, 1864, a landing and site for
a warehouse afterwards known as Calls Landing, was selected by Anson Call on the Colorado River. Call was from Utah, and this
move was in the interest of the Mormon Church, which, at that time, contemplated sending emigrants from Europe by way of Panama,
the Gulf of California and up the Colorado to this landing, which
was considered the head of navigation on the river. But very few steamers ever came up to this place and no immigrants ever
passed over this route.”
Callville was located in Pah-Ute County, which was established by the Second Legislature of the Territory of Arizona, and
which embraced all of the Territory west of the Colorado River, that was afterwards taken from Arizona and annexed to Nevada
about the year 1867. At Callville and adjacent settlements, the Mormons had done a great deal of work. They had taken out
irrigating ditches, built homes, and established a permanent settlement, but after this county was annexed to Nevada, that
state levied taxes that had accumulated for several years, while it was still a part of Arizona, which became so onerous that
the settlers abandoned their homes, most of them returning to Utah, a few coming into Arizona.
Hardyville was established in 1864, by W. H. Hardy, a native of New York, who came to Arizona from California. He established
a trading post and a ferry at this point on the Colorado, and also a small store the following year in Prescott.
According to Hamilton (“Resources of Arizona,” p. 383), the first Indian killed in Yavapai County was a thief who was caught
in the act by a party of teamsters some distance northwest of where Prescott now stands. Two others were killed in the town
of Weaver in 1863. It was the custom of the Indians to bring wood into the camp at Weaver, and, after selling it, they would
stay around until it was dark and then slip off,
and, invariably, some animals would be missing. Another killing occurred at Antelope Hill in 1863. Some California miners
had lost their burros, and not being able to find them, the Indians were accused of stealing them. The miners attacked the
Indians, and killed about twenty of them in revenge for the supposed stealing of four burros. It turned out that the animals
had not been stolen, as they were found within a mile of the camp.
After these murders no Indians came into the camps, but would steal every animal left unguarded, and for ten years innocent
men, women and children paid the penalty of these rash, unjust and cowardly acts. At first the Indians were poorly armed,
but as they succeeded in killing the whites, they got possession of guns and pistols, and, at times, considerable quantities
of ammunition fell into their hands.
In December, 1863, three Mexicans went out from Weaver to gather grass as was their custom (Hamilton, “Resources of Arizona,”).
They had one gun and a pistol. While at work they were surprised to find themselves surrounded by Apaches, armed with guns,
bows and arrows. One of the Indians, accosting the man who had the pistol, said in fair Spanish: “My friend, give me your
pistol,” which was done. Then he said: “We already have your gun, and are driving your burros away to better feed. Now strip
off and give us your clothes.” This order was obeyed, and the Indians, dividing the clothes, put them on. There were eleven
of them. They danced around and shouted for
a while, when one of the Mexicans said: “Well, if you are going to kill us, do so and make an end of it.” The leader of the
party answered: “We are not going to hurt you; a dead Mexican is of no use. You may go back to town and get money, and this
winter you will go to Sonora and bring us some more burros, or, perhaps, some mules, in the spring. We consider you our friends.
Good-by.” The Mexicans got back to town in the costume of the Greek slave.
A man called “Hog” Johnson, was out about three miles from Weaver, hunting deer. Seeing some deer, he tied his horse, crept
up some distance, and shot one of them. He cut off its head, took out its entrails, and prepared to load it on his horse.
He started back for his horse, and when about halfway, he heard a yell and saw four Indians on the hillside, out of rifle
range, going off with his horse. Just then he heard something behind him. Turning around, he saw four Indians, each with a
quarter of the deer on his shoulder. He sat down on a rock and watched them load the deer on his horse and start off. Three
years later, while mining alone near Antelope Hill, Johnson was killed by Mohave-Apaches.
In the winter of 1863-64, J. T. Alsap, S. C. Miller and Con Moore started from Granite Creek to the placers on Lynx Creek.
They stopped upon the mesa to cut grass for their horses, using their butcher knives. While thus employed they were attacked
by a band of Apaches, who stampeded their horses and opened fire upon them. The party ran to the
nearest timber a few rods distant where they kept the foe at bay for an hour or two, when they ran for an old cabin near by.
Miller had received a bullet wound just above the knee, but made no mention of it as it might discourage the others. On reaching
the cabin, a kind of half dugout, they defended themselves until some miners, hearing the firing, came to their relief. Three
or four Indians were killed.
According to Hamilton (“Resources of Arizona,” p. 383), the first settler killed in Northern Arizona was by a large band of
Tonto Apaches, who came in from the southwest, and in the big canyon of the Hassayampa, killed three miners. Continuing their
course toward Weaver, they attacked a party of a dozen Mexicans who were moving from the town to Walnut Grove to engage in
farming. They killed five of them. This was on the 11th of March, 1864. In the same month Mr. Goodhue and our others were
attacked by Indians between the Hassayampa and Granite Creek. Goodhue was killed, and the others succeeded in driving the
Indians off. The Indians also attacked a train of wagons near Weaver, and mortally wounded Mr. Rykman and a Mexican. The Indians
took all the stock and plundered the wagons.
In April, 1864, a Mexican was herding a dozen head of cattle in Walnut Grove. One afternoon he shot a rabbit and on going
to pick it up, before reloading his gun, found himself surrounded by Indians, who stood within ten feet of him. Some of them
took the gun and rabbit while others drove off the stock.
(Hamilton, “Resources of Arizona,” p. 390.) They then marched him across the valley in the same direction as the cattle were
going, for a mile, pricking him with arrows. On reaching the hills they stopped, gave him the rabbit, and motioned him to
go home, laughing, hooting and pointing their fingers at him in the meanwhile.
In 1863 and 1864, practically all the troops were withdrawn from Arizona. The southern part of the Territory and its valleys
and farms, as we have seen, was depopulated, the Americans gathering in and around Tucson for protection, where there was
a small guard of soldiers, consequently everything was comparatively quiet on the southern border. While engaged in the erection
of buildings in Prescott, the workmen carried arms for protection, and it was dangerous at any time to venture alone beyond
the town limits.
Early in January, 1864, twenty-eight head of stock was stolen from the corral of Messrs. Peeples and Dye on the Antelope ranch,
twelve miles north of Weaver. From Granite Creek sixteen head were taken. King S. Woolsey lost thirty-three head from the
Agua Fria ranch. The miners in the vicinity lost many animalS, and were almost destitute of transportation. In consequence
of the killing which occurred at Walnut Grove, and other murders, and the above stealing, it was determined to send a party
into the Indians country which resulted in the organization of a party by King S. Woolsey, who followed the Indians to the
Where many of their chiefs were killed, in what was afterwards known as the “Pinole Treaty,” an account of which has been
given in a preceding volume, and the Indians' account of the same will be found on another page of this volume. After this
fight Woolsey was appointed Aide on the staff of Governor Goodwin, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was given authority
to organize an expedition to go into the Indian country, killing the hostiles wherever found. Woolsey's official report to
the Governor of his first expedition was printed in the “Arizona Miner” in September, 1864, and is as follows:
“Prescott, Arizona, August 28, 1864.
“ To His Excellency, John N. Goodwin, Governor of Arizona Territory.
“I have the honor to report that my Command consisting of 93 men (citizens) left the Agua Fria ranch about 6 p. m., June 1,
and arrived at Fisher's Cienega at one o'clock the following morning, distance 15 miles, course N. 69 deg. East. A small party
of Indians were encamped in this cienega but escaped in the dark. There are fine springs at this cienega, which is upon the
Chavez wagon road, and will be a prominent point should that road prove a success.
“On the morning of the 2nd, we marched in the same general direction by way of Copper Canyon to the Rio Verde, distance ten
miles. The trail down is rough, but readily made by
KING S. WOOLSEY.
pack animals. Crossing the river a mile below the canyon, we continued our march East to a branch of the Rio Verde, striking
it about six miles from the mouth. This branch is called Clear Creek, and is about thirty miles in length. It runs from the
northeast and three miles above where we camped, it canyons and for fifteen miles passes through one of the roughest and most
impassable canyons in the territory. At Clear Fork I divided the command, sending the pack trains with thirty-three men southWard
to seek a passage through the mountains, while with the remaining sixty men I continued in an easterly course, toward the
great Tonto Basin, where the pack train was directed to meet us. That train was under the command of M. Lewis, an experienced
mountaineer and one of the original Walker party of explorers. Our way was over very rough country, through which a pack train
could hardly have gone. After a fatiguing trip of two days, we arrived at the top of the mountain or table-land overlooking
a great basin and standing at its upper or eastern end. This basin is occupied by Tonto and Pinal Apaches, and I confidently
expected a fight with them.
“The next morning we descended into the basin, not without much difficulty and we began a search for the redskins, but were
unable to find any, though traces of their recent presence were numerous. For three days we continued the search, beating
up the small streams and ravines about the basin, but in vain. In the afternoon of the fifth day, after leaving Clear
Fork, we were joined by the pack train, upon a stream that we called the East Fork of the Verde. The train had followed the
course of the river about eight miles nearly south over the foothills and had then struck across the Mesa southeasterly about
eight miles to Fossil Creek, thence south thirty degrees east, about eighteen miles through Fossil Canyon and over the mountains,
thence East about six miles to the East Fork of the Verde where they joined us. Their route is reported as practical for wagons.
This portion of the country is a lava bed, covered With timber and excellent grass upon the mountains. On the morning of the
eighth of June, we took our march in a southerly direction over the hills and at noon reached a stream, which I called Tonto
Creek, running south thirty degrees east and being about thirty miles in length. The rock hereabouts changes to a bluish granite.
Our stopping place was at a very pretty Cienega with an excellent spring of water. In the afternoon we moved to Tonto Creek,
about nine miles and camped at some tanks. There is no water in the creek so high up. We continued down Tonto Creek to a point
about five miles from its mouth where we turned East and struck across a mesa to Salt River, at a point four miles above the
junction of the creek. On Tonto Creek we prospected in several places for gold, and found color, but not in paying quantities.
All along it are the ruins of ancient fortifications and houses indicating a former large population. The walls of the
buildings are of stone laid in cement which is yet quite firm.
“Finding our stock of provisions was getting low, I started a pack train to the Pimo Villages. It consisted of thirty-six
animals with an escort of twenty-three men, under the command of Henry Jaycox. The water of Salt River is very brackish and
there being but little grass at our camp, I went out with a small mounted party to hunt a better. I first went down the run
to the mouth of the creek, where we found a large Indian village of some fifty huts. It had been abandoned but a few hours
before. This was beyond doubt the headquarters of Wa-poo-i-ta, or Big Rump, the Tonto Chief. The next day the Indians fired
the village, utterly destroying it. Not finding a camp in this direction, on the following day I went up the river about four
miles and discovered an excellent point. A large spring of pure water, grass in abundance and of excellent quality, and wood
at a convenient distance. The next day we moved to the inviting point and named it Grapevine Springs. About this Spring are
about 600 acres of good tillable land and the water is sufficient for very large herds of stock.
“As the pack train would not return from Pimo for several days, and I was confident there was a large number of Indians in
the vicinity, I determined to hunt them and on the following day, after dark, I started at the head of thirtysix men with
six days rations for a scout on the north side of the river. By two o'clock the next morning we reached a high mountain, since
called ‘Signal’ mountain, but were unable to reach the top in the darkness, it being very precipitous, and we lay down until
daylight. We found a trail to the top and passed over the southern end of the mountain. We followed it to a rancheria, (upon
which we came unexpectedly to ourselves) and so suddenly that the Indians fled leaving behind their bows and arrows and their
fire burning. After hunting around for two or three hours without finding the Indians, we proceeded northward and at noon
arrived at a stream flowing easterly, which we named Sycamore Creek. This creek we followed about 12 miles to its mouth, finding
Indian corn and wheat fields all the way. At the mouth of the Creek, the Salt River flows southward for some miles and then
turns to the west. Three or four Indians appeared upon the hills and hallooed to us on our arrival at Salt River, and after
a time I succeeded in having a talk with one who represented himself to be a ‘captain.’ He refused, however, to approach nearer
than 200 or 300 yards. We crossed the Salt River here and followed the left bank down about six miles when the stream canyoned
and we were obliged to climb the mountains. It was dark when we reached the top and we followed an Indian trail over the rough
ground in a southerly direction. After several miles we turned westwardly and at 11 o'clock p. m. we came upon a fine stream
of water. Here we camped for the night, hearing Indians all around but seeing none. The morning light revealed a beautiful
valley covered with corn
and wheat fields. The creek was named Pinal Creek. It runs northerly and empties into Salt River near the great bend above
mentioned. Soon after daylight, the Indian fires commenced blazing on the hilltops and the Indians began hallooing at us.
One appeared to be the leader. He approached near enough to talk to us and I invited him and his people to visit us at our
camp on Salt River, which he promised he and they would do the next day.
“We followed Pinal Creek down to its mouth and then proceeded down Salt River to camp, which we reached about sundown. We
waited all the next day for our expected visitors, but they did not come, though their fires blazed continuously on the hills
north of the river. On the following day I determined to move camp to Pinal Creek and after detaching fifteen men to meet
the pack train, we started, reaching our old camp at sundown. The road from Grapevine Springs is for about ten miles, southeast
to some springs and tanks, and then turning east for about five miles where it reaches Pinal Creek at our camping grounds,
which is about three miles from a road around a mountain peak Which we called Cupola Peak (from camp N. 65 deg. east).
“The morning after our arrival a few squaws came into camp and inquired our intentions and were told we were hungry and wanted
wheat. The whole command was at the same time engaged in cutting and threshing wheat, and our horses and mules were feeding.
The next day a few Indians came in with a flag of truce (awhite rag tied to a cross)
bringing an interpreter with them. We had a long talk and numbers of them continued to visit us until the arrival of our pack
train. Until then I had thought it best to be friendly with them, although it was evident that on one occasion they came with
the intention of taking our scalps, but found that we were too well prepared for them. From the arrival of the pack train
on the eighth day but few Indians visited us. After allowing the pack animals one day's rest, we again began our march, starting
at 6 a. m. on the morning of July 4, following the creek to its head in the Pinal Mountains, the highest peak of which was
situated south 29 deg. east, about thirty miles distant from camp at the wheat fields. We found gold at the head of the creek,
but not in paying quantities, and some good looking quartz lodes. The water raises in this creek about two miles above our
camp, and from that to the mountain, we found water only in springs and tanks. We camped on the top of Pinal mountain and
from its highest peak the following observations were taken:
“Torito peak, N. 60 deg. 30 deg. W.; Needles, N. 86 deg. W.; Casa Blanca, near Pimo, S. 70 deg. West and Picacho, S. 7 deg.
West. We remained at this camp throughout the day of our arrival, our hunters keeping us well supplied with venison and turkey.
Eighteen men left the party and returned by way of Pimo. I sent out a party to prospect for mineral on the south side of this
mountain, but they returned without finding any. We moved camp to the foot of
the mountain on the east side, at some tanks, and the next day reached the San Carlos River, a distance of 25 miles. There
is no water upon this trail for this distance, it being all the way down a dry arroyo, N. 60 deg. East. We found an Indian
corn field and bean patch upon the San Carlos. The corn was not yet fit to eat, but the beans were just ripe for snaps and
we made much of them. The next day we moved down the San Carlos to the Gila River, distant about ten miles, and thence by
easy marches up the Gila to the new Ft. Goodwin, distant about thirty miles. We camped on the Gila about three miles from
the Fort, which is situated on a stream called the ‘Pulerosa’ and immediately reported to Col. Rigg, First Infantry, California
Volunteers, commanding. He issued rations to my command and it was agreed between us that I should proceed up the country
to the Black River and prospect the district, also looking for the Indians and that I should return across by the heads of
the Bonito and San Carlos to our old camp on Pinal Creek and there join Maj. Thomas J. Blakeney's command and with it operate
against the Apaches in the vicinity of that creek and Signal mountain, on the north side of Salt River. I left Ft. Goodwin
on the morning of the 15th day of July and proceeded up the Gila River, about thirty-five miles to a point near the Pueblo
Viejo. Leaving the river here I struck across the mountain divide to a stream called ‘Bonito,’ striking it as I supposed about
ten miles from its mouth. The Bonito is a small stream forty to fifty miles in length,
heading in a range of lava hills running through a lava formation for its whole length in a southerly direction, emptying
into the Gila about 45 miles above Ft. Goodwin. I think we struck the Black River 14 miles above its mouth. About thirty miles
above, the Canyon opens into a fine valley of several miles in length, containing at least 10,000 acres of fine tillable land,
surrounded by low rolling hills covered with excellent grass. There were about 20 acres of Indian corn in the valley, but
we saw no indians. The day before we reached this valley, a Yaqui squaw, about ten years of age, came into our camp. She had
been a captive among the Apaches and had just made her escape. She came in with us and is now at my Agua Fria ranch. From
the head of this valley I made an effort to pass the mountain to the eastward, but did not succeed in finding a point where
I could pass with the pack train, and was obliged to return to the river and continue up it twenty miles further to where
the stream forks, one fork coming from the eastward and the other from the northwest. Upon examination here, it was found
that the water raised in both streams as far as about one mile from camp. I reached this point on the 23rd day of July, and
as I had promised Col. Rigg that I would join Major Blakeney at Pinal Creek on the 30th, it was necessary to turn in that
direction to keep the appointment. A portion of the command was not satisfied that this stream was the Black River, and were
desirous of going further east to look for it. I, therefore, detached Mr. P. McCannon
With 46 men in that direction while with the remaining 24 men I started on my return to Pinal Creek. Mr. McCannon rejoined
me at Ft. Goodwin 19 days from his departure, and made a report to me, a copy of which accompanies this paper. On the 24th
day of July, with 24 men, I left our camp at the forks of the Black River and followed the western branch up to its head,
distant about eight miles. I then turned in a southwesterly direction. We were obliged to camp the first night without water,
but about nine o'clock the next morning we found water in tanks at the foot of a high, round mountain, the end of a range
lying to the northwest and covered with pine timber. Soon after stopping Mr. J. W. Beauchamp left camp to go to the top of
this mountain and take a view of the surrounding country and the bearings of different points towards which we expected to
travel. Upon arriving near the top of the mountain he was waylaid by six Indians, shot through the chest with a rifle; lanced,
stripped and left for dead. He lived for some fifteen or twenty minutes, however, after we reached him, but died before we
could get him to camp. We buffed him at the foot of the mountain, which we named Beauchamp Peak in memory of the unfortunate
victim of Indian cruelty and cowardice. A deep and precipitous canyon heads upon the northeast side of this mountain or peak,
and running around its northern side, falls off to the southwest for several miles, then turning northwest, passes around
a range of high mountains and running thence southward is, in fact, the main
branch of the San Carlos River. We travelled along it some thirty miles over a level country shaded with cedar trees, covered
with grass, forming a most excellent stock range. Among these cedars we found an abundance of ‘bear sign,’ and one evening
just before camping, we had some excellent sport in killing a bear, our second, as we had killed one on the Gila about fifteen
miles above Ft. Goodwin. Both of them were of the species known as the cinnamon bear. About twenty miles from Beauchamp Peak,
in a southwesterly direction, we reached the foot of the mountains last spoken of and the road over them for about eight miles
was very rough and rocky, the descent upon the western side being particularly difficult. Upon reaching the foot of the mountain
on the western side we found a small stream of good water and a rancheria of Indians who fled at our approach, some of them
on horseback. We stopped here for some three hours for noon and upon leaving the Indians hallooed at us from the hills as
long as we were within hearing, taking good care, however, to keep out of our range. We now travelled over a level mesa for
about twenty miles in a southwesterly direction, until we reached the eastern branch of the San Carlos. We found no water
in this branch, but the next was the one before spoken of as heading at Beauchamp Peak, and in it was found running water
in abundance. Still continuing our southwest course, we crossed a level mesa for about twelve miles, varied only by crossing
the deep canyon of the San Carlos. We succeeded in crossing
five of these, but the sixth compelled us to follow it up to the dividing ridge between the waters of Salt River and San Carlos
before we could pass it. We saw some Indians on this dividing ridge who hallooed at us from a cliff. On arriving at within
about ten miles of Pinal Creek, we were visited in camp by about nine Indians, who came in without hesitation and told us
of the soldiers being at our old camp at Pinal Creek. The Indians promised they would come over to the old camp and have a
talk as they said the soldiers were eating up all their corn. We did not reach the old camp that night, and the next morning
we heard the discharge of musketry as though a battle were in progress, and saw the cavalry charging over the hill. I immediately
ordered the train to close up and move cautiously down to the water while I galloped over the point to see what was going
on. I found that the soldiers were chasing three or four Indians that had appeared in sight. Of course the Indians I expected
did not come in, neither did any Indians afterward visit the camp, and no more were seen except a few that Maj. Blakeney had
seized as hostages for a boy that had delivered himself up to him and had afterward been kidnaped by the Indians, Two of these
were afterward hanged by order of Maj. Blakeney, the boy not being returned. Maj. Blakeney and myself immediately commenced
preparing to make the raid upon the Indians at Signal Mountain, as had been agreed upon at Ft. Goodwin, and would have been
ready to start in one day, when an order came from Maj. Smith to.
break up camp and return to Ft. Goodwin. I had gone to Camp Rigg to hurry up supplies when the order reached Maj. Blakeney,
and when he marched back to Camp Rigg, I found my men with him. I immediately started for Ft. Goodwin to endeavor to get Col.
Rigg to still send an expedition to Signal Mountain. The Colonel made an order for two companies to proteed to that place
and operate against the Indians in conjunction with my command, and two days after left for Las Cruces, turning over the command
of the Apache expedition to Maj. Joseph Smith, who found it impossible to fit out the expedition, owing to the excessive rains
and consequent failure of some provision trains to arrive at the Fort. The streams were also swollen so that he feared it
would be impossible to cross. The expedition was, therefore, abandoned, to my great mortification and chagrin. I remained
six days at the Fort and during that time Mr. McCannon returned from his expedition to the eastward in the search of another
Black River. A portion of my men concluded to return to Ft. Goodwin and obtain employment; two enlisted, and two remained
in the hospital and with the balance, numbering when I reached Camp Rigg 54 men, I started for home. The River Gila was swollen
by the rains and difficult to cross, and we did not reach Camp Rigg until the third day after leaving Ft. Goodwin, a distance
of 40 miles. Leaving Camp Rigg the next day, we reached the old camp at Pinal Creek in a day and a half, and then followed
our trail back by Grapevine Springs to Salt
River and up Tonto Creek to near its head. Crossing the dividing ridge a distance of about ten miles, we struck the east fork
of the San Francisco about ten miles below our former camp on that stream, then followed down the Rio Verde or San Francisco.
“The whole country through which we have passed is covered with excellent grass. Water is plentiful for all ordinary purposes.
In many places beautiful little valleys invite the farmer and ranchero to follow the occupation of their choice. We never
found gold in paying quantities, and yet I cannot help thinking that there
is in that part of the territory great mineral wealth.
“From the preceding pages, Your Excellency will easily discover why we killed no Indians upon this expedition. With the exception
of those at Pinal Creek, we were never able to get within shooting distance of them, and for those at Pinal I deemed the reason
given for not fighting them as sufficient at the time, and still consider it so. Notwithstanding the failure to find and kill
Indians, I still think the expedition has been of great benefit. We have followed the trail of the Apache to his home in the
mountains, and have learned where it is located; we have dispelled the idea of vast numbers that has ever attached to that
tribe. A few hundred of poor miserable wretches compose the formidable foe so much dreaded by many. They will be brought to
terms easily or exterminated, I cannot doubt, when once the Government shall know how small is the enemy by which so much
annoyance has been caused.
“All of which is respectfully submitted.
“K. S. WOOLSEY,
“Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Volunteers from Walker and Weaver Mines.”
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