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INDIAN RAIDS
IN
LINCOLN COUNTY KANSAS
1864 and 1869

Story of those killed, with a history of the monument erected to
their memory in Lincoln Court House Square, May 30, 1909

by: C. Bernhardt

published: Lincoln, Kansas - by: The Lincoln Sentinel Print - in: 1910

(complete text transcribed online by Joan Stevenson)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

(The Table of Contents is found on pages 4-5)
(Book pages for sections appear in parentheses)
PREFACE
(page 3 in the book)
appears here below after this Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
(pages 6-24)

INDIAN MASSACRES OF 1864

Massacre of the First Settlers, 1864 (Pg 6)
Extract from Letter of John L. Moffit (Pg 6)
Letter from Thomas Moffitt (Pg 6)
Troops on Kansas Frontier in 1864 (Pg 8)
Report of Moffitt Massacre by Capt. Henry Booth (Pg 9)
Defence of Moffitt House (Pg 11)
Houston and Tyler Identified (Pg 12)
Burial of the Murdered Men (Pg 12)
Number of Indians in the Battle (Pg 13)
Skulls in Bullfoot Cave (Pg 14)
Removal of the Bodies of the Moffitt Brothers (Pg 15)
Letter of Robert N. Moffitt to His Mother (Pg 16)
Administration of the Moffitt Estate (Pg 17)
Early Probate Records of Saline County (Pg 22)
Character of the Moffitts (Pg 23)
Preservation of the Battlefield of 1864 (Pg 24)


CHAPTER TWO
(pages 25-50)

INDIAN MASSACRES OF 1869

The Coming of Settlers to Denmark (Pg 25)
The First Accident (Pg 26)
Additions to the Settlement (Pg 27)
Raid of May 30, 1869 (Pg 28)
Clubbing of John H. Strange and Shooting of Arthur Schmutz (Pg 32)
Burial of the Dead (Pg 33)
Return of the Settlers (Pg 34)
Eli Ziegler's Account of the Spillman Creek Raid (Pg 34)
The Schermerhorn Ranch (Pg 41)
Railroad Construction Gang Attacked, May 28, 1869 (Pg 41)
Indian Outrages of 1868 (Pg 42)
Lack of Military Protection (Pg 43)
Character of Those Killed (Pg 45)
Water Mellons in Cold Storage (Pg 47)
Hardships of Pioneering (Pg 47)
Making a Home of a Homestead (Pg 48)
Note (Pg 49)

CHAPTER THREE
(pages 51-62)

THE PIONEER MONUMENT

The Pioneer Monument (Pg 51)
Monument Selected (Pg 52)
Site Chosen (Pg 53)
Inscription (Pg 53)
Subscriptions to Monument Fund (Pg 54)
Laying the Corner Stone (Pg 55)
Unveiling of the Monument (Pg 56)
Search for Biographical Data for Monument (Pg 57)
Remarks (Pg 60)
Financial Statement (Pg 61)
Death of James R. Mead (Pg 61)
Erratum (Pg 62)

PREFACE
(page [3])

In preparing this little book, I have had in view one purpose: the correction of former errors in the names of victims, and in the location of the events for which the Pioneer Monument stands. The public records have been my main guide, supplemented by such information as can now be had from the pioneers and scouts. It has necessarily required a good deal of work and research to find out what happened here forty-six years ago, but I have good proof that my version is in every respect correct.
I am under obligations to Hon. Thomas Anderson of Salina, for most of the information of 1864, and to Probate Judge Supple, also of Salina, for courtesies extended in giving me an opportunity to copy the Moffitt brothers administration records; to the Clerk of the court of Junction City for aiding me in getting facts from records there; also to J.J. Peate and Waldo Hancock of Beverly; to Ferdinand Erhardt, Martin Hendrickson and A. Roenigk of Lincoln Center, and to Christian Christiansen of Denmark, and to a few others. To all of you I extend my thanks.
Very respectfully,
C. Bernhardt

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