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Sioux War, cavalry charge of Sully's brigade at the Battle of White Stone Hill, September 3, 1863
Sioux War, cavalry charge of Sully's brigade at the Battle of White Stone Hill, September 3, 1863
TitleSioux War, cavalry charge of Sully's brigade at the Battle of White Stone Hill, September 3, 1863
Date of Original1863
DescriptionBattle scene with soldiers on horses agains Indians which includes Indian women and children in image. Several tipis visible and people on ridge in distance.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectMilitary
Indians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Campaigns & battles
Bows (Archery)
Subject (LCSH)Whitestone Hill, Battle of, N.D., 1863
Sully Expeditions, 1863-1865
Dakota Indians
Indians of North America
Indians of North America - War
Personal NameSully, Alfred, 1821-1879
LocationDickey County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.InE93.4
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original28 x 41 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Sketched by an officer engaged" - With caption title.
"The Sioux War. The illustration which we give on page 693 shows us what, we trust, will prove the close of the Sioux War, viz., the surprise of the Indians by Sully's Brigade on 3rd September. The author of the sketch, an officer in the 6th Iowa Cavalry, one of the most gallant regiments in the service writes us: Fort Pierre, Dakota Territory, September 26, 1863. ‘While public attention has been completely absorbed with the Rebellion and the splendid record made by the Federal troops in July, an expedition which started its way against every adverse circumstance up to Dacotah to punish the savages for the massacres in Minnesota last year. The troops were General A. Sully's Brigade, and consisted of the Sixth Iowa Cavalry, Colonel D.S. Wilson; eight companies of the Second Nebraska Cavalry, Colonel R.W. Furnass; one company of the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, Captain Millard, and one battery of six small brass pieces. General Sully's aids are his old Potomac officers, belonging to the immortal First Minnesota, viz.: Adjutant-General Captain J.H. Pell, Captain King, and Lieutenant Levering. They encountered the Indians near White Stone Hill, about the centre of Dacotah Territory, on the 3rd of September, and in a most bloody fight of about thirty minutes, before night set in, killed nearly two hundred savages, wounding nearly one hundred more, capturing one hundred and fifty-eight prisoners, besides seizing immense supplies of buffalo meat which they had dried for the winter, destroying five hundred of their lodges, capturing a large lot of ponies, and an immense stock of robes, furs, etc. The results of this fight will most certainly lead the savages to sue for peace. They never have suffered such a terrible blow. The left represents the Sixth Iowa Cavalry led by Colonel Wilson, who narrowly escaped, his horse being killed under him while gallantly leading his regiment. The right represents the Second Nebraska under their popular R.W. Furnass, whose horse was wounded under him in the engagement. The whole brigade was commanded by Brigadier General Alfred Sully. He is a most gallant officer, having fought bravely in every battle on the Potomac from Bull run to Chancellorsville. He is an old regular, and was selected because he was experienced in savage warfare. In this battle the number engaged was about twelve hundred against the same number of Indian warriors. He lost twelve men killed and twenty-three wounded. Few officers would have overcome all the obstacles that General Sully did on this trip. He deserves well at the hands of his countrymen. In every grade he has done his duty nobly. I refer you for more particulars of the battle to the Iowa papers." - Story accompanying image, Harper's Weekly, October 31, 1863, p. 695.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, October 31, 1863, p. 693.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.InE93.4)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00113
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Oct. 31, 1863, p. 693
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