IMPORTANT FROM UTAH.
A Short, Sharp and Decisive Indian War.
Extermination of the Bannock and Sho-shone Army by Col. Connor's Command.
LIST OF OUR KILLED AND WOUNDED.
From Our Own Correspondent.
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1863.
Our Indian war is over, short, sharp and deci-sive. Though Col. CONNOR cannot say, "I came, I saw, I conquered," he may report, "I went, I fought, I conquered, I exterminated," for such, indeed, was the fact.
It appears that the Indians, said to be a mixture of Bannocks and Shoshones, variously estimated to number from 200 to 300, had chosen a position on the north side of Bear River, in a ravine, filled with brush, and running down to the inner bank where the stream forms a bend, the immediate location of the savages being four or five hundred yards back from the river. They must have been very confident, or they would not have remained in their stronghold.
Col. CONNOR and his command arrived before the Indian camp last Thursday morning, a portion of the troops Crossing the river where the Indians were. The battle-ground was 15 to 20 miles north of the ex-treme Northern settlements in Cache Valley. The mode of the battle, which continued three or four hours, is represented as follows: A cavalry charge to the brow of the ravine; the Indians in the brush quite ready, picking off the troops; cavalry find it diffi-cult to descend ravine, so are repulsed; a foot charge to edge of ravine, repulsed; enfilading fire, troops plunge into the brush, hard fighting, Indians run to-ward the river, met by troops, melée, Indians mostly killed, troops victorious—finale,
It is difficult to obtain the exact number of the slain. One man, who claimed to have visited the battle- field after the strife, said he counted 225 dead Indians, of whom ten were squaws. Of the Indian warriors, about a dozen are supposed to have es-caped.
Of the officers of the volunteers, Capt. MCLEAN was wounded in the right hand and left thigh; Major GALLAGHER in the right arm, and Capt. BERET in the right shoulder. Lieut. DARWIN CHASE was seriously wounded, and it is reported that he has since died.
I append a further list of killed and wounded:
Second Cavalry, Company A—Killed—Privates Jas. W. Baldwin and George German. Wounded— Pri-vates Jonn W. Wall, John Welsh. Wm. H. Laite and James S. Montgomery.
Company H—Killed—Privates Charles Hollowell and John K. Briggs. Wounded—Seigt. Jas. Cantilion, Corp. Philip Schaub, Corp. Patrick Frauley; Pri-vates Michael O'Brien, H. L. Fisher, Bartele C. Hutchinson, John Franklin, Frank Farley, Harvey Smith, Hugh Connor, Geo. B. Wing and Thomas Bradley.
Company K—Killed—Bugler, Christian Smith; Shel-bourne C. Reed, Adolphus Rowe, Lewis Anderson and Henry W. Tremp. Wounded—Wm. Siocum, Na-thaniel Kingslev, Albert N. Parker. Benj. Landis, John Lee, John Daley, Morris Illig, Walker B. Wel-ten, Silas C. Bush, Alonzo P. V. McCoy.
Company M—Killed—Privates George C. Cox. George W. Hoton, Asa F. Howard and Wm. Davis. Wounded— Sergt. Anthony Stevens, Corp. Leander W. Hughes, Joshua Leggett, Thaddeus Barcafar, Wm. H. Hood and—Hughes.
Third Infantry, Company K—Killed—Privates John E. Baker and Saml. J. Thomas. Wounded—Sergts. A. J. Austin, E. C. Hoyt; Privates W. T. B. Walker and J. Hensley.
A number of the troops were also frost-bitten in their feet and toes. The wounded arrived on Mon-day and Tuesday, while Col. CONNOR and the chief portion of his command, with some Indian ponies and other trophies, passed through the city this after-noon.
Drs. REED. WILLIAMSON and STEEL, attended on the wounded. The Indians evidently aimed at the belt, as most of the killed and wounded were hit in the lungs or other parts of the trunk.
There has been a clear sweep of an Indian nest, and, doubtless, several grand rascals will no more trouble the passing emigration on the Oregon trail. Still those few fortunate fellows who escaped will tell their tale of blood, and sooner or later revenge will probably be attempted.
Simultaneously with this affair, comes over the wires a report of an anticipated general uprising of the Indians in the Northwest. Now, under the cir-cumstances, was it a good thing or not for Col. CON-NOR to exterminate the band on Bear River? If the putting down of the Minnesota affair, and the execu-tion of so many ringleaders, should result in a gen-eral Indian ugliness in the North, will the Connor expedition not still further incense the Indians left? Was the step wise, or would a conciliatory course have been preferable? Will the Indians henceforth cease to trouble the emigration, or will the country north remain dangerous ground? Will the Indians be awed into good behavior by Col. CONNOR'S ex-ploits, or will they roam the plains next Summer in revenge, seeking to obtain as many white scalps as they obtained red ones at Bear River? These are grave questions, and I confess I fear for the manner in which the future may answer them, for the Indian creed is after the Mosaic pattern—an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, blood for blood. It may be that Col. CONNOR'S victory will prove a dear-bought one. However, let us hope to the contrary.
There is one thing, however, which does not seem just the thing. Here are the California Vol-unteers located in the midst of the Territory. They go out a hundred miles or more and fight the In-dians, and then return under the shadow of Great mood. When the savage is "mad," as he terms it, he is not very discriminating between friend or foe, provided they be whites. Innocent or guilty of of-Salt Lake City, leaving the redskins in no very amia-ble fence to him, he recks not. Of course, it is foolish to suppose the Indians will be chivalric enough to seek out his enemy in Camp Douglas. No, the un-protected out-settlements, and the weak-handed parties who' travel from one distant settlement to another, as well as small emigrant companies, are the persons who will feel the weight of Indian wrath, and that unawares. There are some situa-tions in which it is better to have the friendship than the enmity of even an Indian. And in such a view, it seems that conciliation is sometimes better than a fight.
Four or five of oar merchants have received or are about receiving, new stocks of goods from Califor-nia, green-backs having been so plentiful lately that all the stores are out of some things necessary. Prices are steadily rising, and “premiums on gold" begin to be talked of, and offered.
On Saturday, at the theatre, "Retribution" and "All that Glitters is not Gold," were played to a full house. That was the last night of Mr. B. SNOW'S en-gagement He has gone now to Springville, Utah County, where he has a little theatre commencing its season. In fact, nearly all the pretentious Mormon cities sport a theatre and an Amateur Dramatic Association with a brief Winter season of perform-ance.
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