South Dakota Historical Collections (1902)

9780217556132: South Dakota Historical Collections (1902)

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: command upon the frontier. Four military posts were named for him. He visited the Dakota country in 1825, as commissioner to effect treaties of peace with the various tribes, and celebrated the 4th of July of that year at Fort Pierre. He died June 14, 1842. This letter must have been written somewhere near the mouth of the Moreau. "The Missouri Fur Company—See note upon this company by Mr. Charles E. Deland, this volume. 'The following letter, presented to this society by Mr. William L. Gardner, of Louisville, Ky.t a grand-nephew of the John S. Gardner who was killed in this massacre, is all that I have been able to learn of the victims, except, of course, Hugh Glass, who was among the wounded. This letter was written to the father of John S. Gardner, who then resided in Virginia: Dr Sir: My painfull duty it is to tell you of the deth of yr son wh befell at the hands of the Indians 2d June in the early morning. He lived a little while after he was shot and asked me to inform you of his sad fate. We brought him to the ship when he soon died. Mr. Smith a young man of our company made a powerful prayr wh moved us all greatly and I am persuaded John died in peace. His body we buried with others near this camp and marked the grave with a log. His things we will send to you. The savages are greatly treacherous. We traded with them as friends but after a great storm of rain and thunder they came at us before light and many were hurt. I myself was shot In the leg. Master Ashley is bound to stay in these parts till the traitors are rightly punished. Yr Obt Svt —Hugh Glass. Hugh Glass himself was one of the most renowned of the hunters of the Missouri, and was the hero of more adventures than any other. It Is not probable that he wrote this letter personally, for, from all...

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