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Sibley's Indian expedition crossing the James River, Dacotah Territory, July 20, 1863
Sibley's Indian expedition crossing the James River, Dacotah Territory, July 20, 1863
TitleSibley's Indian expedition crossing the James River, Dacotah Territory, July 20, 1863
Date of Original1863
CreatorEllsbury, George H., 1840-1900
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionView from atop hill showing military troops approaching and crossing the James River. There appears to be a temporary bridge erected over the river. Beyond river are hills.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectMilitary
Indians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Military personnel
Military maneuvers
Carts & wagons
Subject (LCSH)Sibley Expedition, 1863
Indians of North America - War
Dakota Indians
Personal NameSibley, Henry Hastings, 1811-1891
LocationJames River (N.D. and S.D.)
Foster County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102MiG46.1a
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original11 x 36 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Sketched by Geo. H. Ellsbury, Seventh Minnesota Volunteers" - With caption for related image on same page.
"The Sibley Expedition. A correspondent who writes from 'Camp in Dacotah, August 15' furnishes us with sketches of events in General Sibley's Expedition against the Sioux. He says, 'The sketch of the Murder of Lieutenant Beever is a truthful one, so far as could be gathered from the examination of those who visited the scene immediately after.' He was a wealthy Englishman, who had served through the Crimean campaigns, and finally came to this country in search of adventures. He was about thirty years old. He left behind him in New York a fine yacht in which he had once sailed on a pleasure trip to the Wed Indies. Being on General Sibley's staff, he had been sent with a dispatch to Colonel Crooks, who was skirmishing with the Indians. He fell into an ambush and was murdered. One side of his face was hacked off with a hatchet while he was still alive. The illustrations on page 580 represent two incidents in the history of this Expeditition. The first shows the Train Crossing the James River on the 20th of July. the locality about 600 miles west of St. Paul, and 100 east of the Missouri, which was the destination of the Expedition. Up to this time the Indians had kept out of sight. But two days after they were massed to the number of 4000 in front of the Expedition. The James River is nearly as black as ink, and the crossing of it by four hundred wagons occupied nearly four hours. There is but one clear stream in Dacotah Territory - the Cheyenne. the Expedition, on its return a fortnight after, crossed the river at a different point. - The other illustration represents The Sioux after the Battle of Big Woods, on the 24th of July. The savages, on being attached, retreated from hill to hill of the Coteau du Missouri, and were finally pursued into a valley where they had recently been encamped. The entire train of the fugitives at last came in sight, and good work was done upon them by our shell and shot. Head not General Sibley's forces been exhausted by a long day's march, by the subsequent fight and pursuit, the whole Sioux force might have been captured. As it was, they succeeded in escaping across the Missouri, which was not fordable by our train. The illustration shows the savages fleeing in confusion between the lakes, with Sibley and his staff upon a hill in the fore-ground." - Accompanying text in Harper's Weekly, p. 587.
NotesTitle from image caption.
This was Sibley's return from western North Dakota.
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 102MiG46.1a)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00077
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Sept. 12, 1863. p. 580
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