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Leavenworth Daily Commercial
The Massacre at Fort Phil Kearney
Vol. 1 No. 81 pg. 1
Kansas State Historical Society
Microfilm No. L2798

Two Men Killed and Two Missing

Laramie, January 7. - A party of about one hundred and fifty Cheyennes surrounded the telegraph office at Sweetwater Bridge, on the morning of the first instant, killed and scalped Mr. Collicotte, the operator, and burned the station. Three soldiers were with them, one of whom has been found dead; the rest have not been heard from. The Cheyennes have been at peace up to this time and their taking the war path with the Sioux will make work for the small number of troops in the territory.

The expedition commanded by Majors Van Voost [sic] and Gordon, started from here a few days ago to punish the Sioux who commmitted the massacre near Fort Phil. Kearney. General Palmer seems wide awake to the importance of the situation.