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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

1881 RUMORS: "The Indian Scare," September, Part 4.

Glenda Farley

"The troops coming to our relief from California, Washington Territory and other places number about 800." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 16, 1881; page 4, column 1.)

"DISTRICT OF THE VERDE: Col. Price in Command."

"Just before the rupture in the Indian ranks Colonel Price had received a leave of absence for several months on account of ill health. Finding that an Indian war was probable, he made application to have the order recinded, which was granted, and we find that he is now in command of what has been declared the District of the Verde."

"When the Apaches were, in years past, wild, untamed, hanging out from under nearly every bush and tree, waiting for an unsuspecting victim, Col. Price was here and rendered more good service in bringing them to terms of peace (especially the Wallapais) than any officer in the field. We know that he will do everything within his power to check any invasion that murderously inclined red heathens might undertake, and citizens of Northern Arizona are in luck to have this brave, good officer as their watchman during the present exciting times. Let every citizen who can render him information or assistance come forward and the end of what now looks to be a bad and bloody war, with well armed Indians, will be of short duration and without casualties on our part."

"Col. Price has sent his available forces out in various directions, as scouts, to avoid any surprise from the enemy. A company of Hualpai scouts have also been enlisted, and are guided by that old frontiersman, Dan O'Leary. If they prove true to their pledges they will render valuable assistance." ...

The "officers have all seen much service on the frontier and are familiar with Arizona, therefore the machinery of this military district will run like a well regulated clock. We are pleased to know that this important district is made and so well officered."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 16, 1881; page 4, column 2.)

"THE INDIAN OUTBREAK: Nothing of interest has transpierd during the last few days at the seat of the Indian War. The whole thing has been much exaggerated and really was not much of an outbreak after all. Had not the military acted promptly the Indians might have gained some headway and made it unpleasant for Americans to live in the Territory. As it is, they are quickly surrounded and the war bids fair to end without further bloodshed. The hostiles will beg for peace and their prayer will be accepted. They will ask for more clothing and their requests will be granted. They will cry for more food and Kelly & Baltz, of Phoenix, will be ordered to drive a few thousand beef for their use. Their crimes will be forgiven and they will have gained every point desired. Our Government is always ready to listen to the wail of the brute Indian." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 16, 1881; page 1.)


"Our advices from Apache, which is actually the seat of difficulties with the red men, started by disaffection created by the medicine man, who was arrested, and claimed to have received a revelation from above telling him that the white man must be killed or driven out of the Territory, hence the attack on General Carr and his command and the killing of several citizens, are of a nature to lead us to believe that the outbreak is about quelled and the war likely to end with the capture of the scouts, who revolted, and their imprisonment or death."

"From the very beginning we have looked upon the situation as being much exaggerated and cetain to end in an early defeat of the red devils, who took innocent blood for no cause or offense."

"Gen. Willcox took active steps to place in the field all of his available forces, and in such a way no great harm from the few vermin-covered scoundrels would be next to impossible. From the very commencement the matter should have been left to the military, without annoyance from an imbecil Acting-Governor, who has done more harm to the Territory than he could ever undo, tho' he were to live a thousand years."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 23, 1881; page 1.)

"The Indian Inspector of the Arizona Indians ordered Agent Tiffany to have the Medicine man arrested and then scooted for a more genial clime. This order brought about the recent Indian war." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 23, 1881; page 3.)


"Thanks to General Willcox and all of his officers and men, the Indian outbreak is nipped in the bud. All the Indians have surendered and will be tried for their various crimes. Now let them be disarmed and put under the Military. Our information comes from Col. Benjamin, Adjutant General of the Department, therefore is perfectly reliable. This is certainly cheering news in the face of false dispatches, which are being sent out by ambitious pot-hook politicians."

(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 23, 1881; page 3.)

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