“Indian Atrocities in Iowa,” New York Times, April 6, 1857, p. 5: 2.
New York Daily Times
Indian Atrocities in Iowa
Leah Suhrstedt, Dickinson College
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Indian Atrocities in Iowa.
MURDEROUS ATTACK ON A WHITE SETTLEMENT AT THE HEAD WATERS OF THE DES MOINES RIVER.
PITTSBURG, Saturday, April 4.
A letter received here from a responsible source, dated Fort Dodge, Iowa, March 23, says that a settlement of twenty families at the head waters of the Des Moines River had been attacked by Indians, and that it was supposed that all were murdered. Only two houses were visited by the persons bringing the news, in which fourteen dead bodies were found. Some had been shot, and others inhumanly clubbed to death. It is presumed that the whole number of persons composing the settlement were killed, or that they are now in captivity. A meeting of citizens was called on the 22d ult., and a company of fifty to one hundred men had organized to march to take vengeance on the Indians and rescue any persons that might be found with them.