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Governor John Evans Wires Stanton & Dole - August 10, 1864
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The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I, Vol.
XLI, Part II  -  Excerpts relevant to the Sand Creek Massacre

Governor John Evans writes to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and William P. Dole, Commissioner of Indian
Affairs, regarding the threat of Cheyenne Dog Soldiers and Sioux warrior clans advancing on Denver.  Evans
reiterates his request to raise a temporary volunteer militia to be commissioned and outfitted for a period of 100
days.


Page 644 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. Chapter LIII.

DENVER, COLO., August 10, 1864.

(Received 3.05 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

The alliance of Indians on the plains reported last winter in my communication is now undoubted. A large force, say 10,000
troops, will be necessary to defend the lines and put down hostilities. Unless they can be sent at once we will be cut off and
destroyed.

JOHN EVANS,

Governor of Colorado Territory.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Denver City, Colo., August 10, 1864. (Received 9 p. m.)

Honorable W. P. DOLE,

Commissioner of Indian, Affairs:

I am now satisfied that the tribes of the plains are nearly all combined in this terrible war, as apprehended last winter. It will be the
largest Indian war this country ever had, extending from Texas to the British lines, involving nearly all the wild tribes of the plains.
Please bring all the force of your department to bear in favor of speedy re-enforcements of our troops, and get me authority to
raise a regiment of 100-days' mounted men. Our militia law is inoperative, and unless this authority is given we will be destroyed.

JOHN EVANS,

Governor of Colorado Territory and Superintendent of Indians.
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