Transcript for "The Incoming Trains," Salt Lake Daily Telegraph, 24 August 1864, 2


In conversing with Mr. F. A. Mitchell, just in from the east, we have derived some information relative to the whereabouts and condition of the immigrant and merchant trains on the plains on route for this city, which will be the more acceptable, as we are afforded the gratifying assurance that none of them have suffered or probably will suffer from the existing Indian uprising on the Platte. The immigrant trains of Capt's. John Smith, A. Canfield, Wm. Hyde and W. S. Warren, were about 100 miles west of Fort Kearney, on Thursday, August 11th, when the Overland Stage passed them. Capt. W. Snow's Company was still below Fort Kearney—the only company of immigrants, in Mr. M.'s opinion, then in the rear. As to "independent" companies, we hear of none.

The trains were progressing finely—the feed being excellent all along the South Platte—the precaution being taken to travel in such numbers and contiguity as to effectually resist any hostile attack.

The merchandise trains contain the goods of Messrs. Jennings, Kimball & Lawrence, Walker & Bro.'s, Godbe & Mitchell, Bourne & Needham, Bassett and Roberts, F. D. Clift, Chislett & Clark, R. C. Sharkey, Ransohoff & Co., A. Best and other smaller lots were, as understood, in the region of Fort Cottonwood, about one hundred miles west of Fort Kearney, on the 11th.

About 250 wagons were encamped five miles above Cottonwood, on that day, including several companies of the above mentioned.

Messrs. Barrow & Co.'s first merchandise train was encamped at Millersville when the coach passed and would probably be at Bridger on Saturday night last.