EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, COLORADO TERRITORY,
Denver, November 2, 1864.
PROCLAMATION OF THANKS.
TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE SECOND REGIMENT
OF COLORADO CAV. AND THE FIRST COLORADO BATTERY:
I thank you in behalf of our common country, and especially of your fellow citizens of Colorado Territory, who have heard with pride and pleasure the report of your gallant and heroic conduct in the late bloody battles with the rebels hosts under Price.
While our citizens mourn the loss of friends fallen, nobly contending for their country's honor, every patriotic heart rejoices that victory perched upon your banners.
The hopes, the prayers, and the benedictions of those you have left behind you will follow you, and when you return from the field their gratitude will prove that the defenders of their country shall receive the honor of their countrymen.
Governor of Colorado Territory.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTHWEST,
Milwaukee, Wis., November 2, 1864.
Honorable WILLIAM M. STONE,
Governor of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa:
GOVERNOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st instant. Ten days since I sent Brigadier-General Smith to Keokuk with orders to look after the security of the southern border of your State, and to make such arrangements for that purpose as were practicable. I inclose a copy of his report to me.* He is still at Keokuk, and will remain there until all excitement has subsided. I will communicate to you anything of consequence which I have from him.
I am, Governor, respectfully, your obedient servant,
HDQRS. DIST. OF MINNESOTA, DEPT. OF THE NORTHWEST,
Saint Paul, Minn., November 2, 1864.
Major General JOHN POPE,
Commanding Department of the Northwest, Milwaukee, Wis.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a dispatch from Lieutenant-Colonel Adams, commanding Independent Battalion, advising me of the safe return of the detachment which acted as escort to the Indian Department annuities to the payment ground at Red Lake River Crossing. I beg leave especially to call your attention to the paragraph which states that the Pembina band of Chippewas and certain half breeds from the British line attempted to create a disturbing portion of my report of military operations in this district for the year ending 1st ultimo, dated 10th ultimo,+ of the systematic determination
*See October 28, p.303.
+See Part I, p.37.