JULY 17, 1863.--Engagement at Elk Creek, near Honey Springs, Indian Territory.
Report of Col Stephen H. Wattles, First Indian Home Guards.
HDQRS. FIRST REGIMENT OF INDIAN HOME GUARDS
Fort Blunt C. N., July 18, 1863.
COLONEL: On the morning of the 17th of July, 1863, we came upon the enemy
at Elk Creek. My command was ordered to the left, in support of Hopkins'
battery, and then ordered to charge the enemy out of the timber. I
advanced, under a destructive fire from the enemy, after hard fighting,
gained a position in the timber, and finally drove them across the stream,
on the left of the bridge, the enemy forming several times, and desperately
contesting every foot of ground.
Too much praise cannot be awarded to both officers and men for their
gallant conduct in the battle. Among the former who did efficient service
were Lieut. Col. George Dole, who had command of the left wing, and was the
first to cross the stream, which he accomplished, under a most galling fire
from the enemy, who were formed on the opposite side; Actg. Adjt. E. C.
Lowe, Captains No-ko-so-lo-chee and So-nuk-mik-ko, and Lieuts.
R. T. Thompson, Fred. Crafts, Ferd. R. Jacobs, and Charles N. Rix. Of the
latter who deserve honorable mention are O. P. Willetts, A. Flanders, and
My loss was: Killed, 2; wounded, 6; missing, none. Number of guns captured,
I am, colonel, very respectfully, &c.,
STEPHEN H. WATTLES,
Colonel, Commanding First Indian Regiment.
Col. WILLIAM A. PHILLIPS,
Commanding -Fort Blunt
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 128 Volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
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