"The Late Indian Murders on the Plains," Salt Lake Daily Telegraph, 7 Oct. 1864, 2.
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From Mr. John Y. Greene, of this city, who arrived Wednesday from the plains, we learn the particulars of the massacre of his men that was telegraphically announced about the date of its occurrence.
Mr. Greene was in charge of a train of coaches and horses for the Overland Mail Company; which, on account of the Indian disturbances, as supposed, he received instructions to make other dispositions of the train. Mr. G.'s teamsters claimed to be taken to this city, and for this purpose a mess team was fitted up, carrying also a considerable quantity of goods belonging to Mr. G. and others in this city; and the teamsters—five in number—started out to overtake a train some fifty miles ahead.
When about fourteen miles west of Plum creek, some fifty miles above Kearney, on the Denver road, they were attacked by the savages and the whole party butchered, as already stated—the bodies being badly mutilated and all scalped, except that of James King.
For the benefit of the friends of the deceased—some of whom, we were informed, are residents in the northern mines—we append the names and description of the unfortunate men, so far as Mr. Greene could give them:
John Smith—about 30 years of age, from Minnesota.
John Elliot—aged 26 or 27 years; had been driving stage on the Lawrence and Leavenworth line.
James King—about 17 years of age, from Atchison, whose mother is supposed to be in Bannock City, Montana.
A young man, called "Jerry,"—surname unknown—about 25 years old, tall, light complexioned, and of Irish descent.
A middle aged man having a family in New York—also Irish—a little bald-headed, full six feet in height.
The latter two were machinists—the older an engineer, the younger a plummer; had been intimately associated for some time previous to hiring with Mr. Greene at Atchison and were apparently very desirous of keeping together.
Mr. Greene reached the spot of the massacre—which is supposed to have taken place Saturday, 16th ult.—on the Monday following. The bodies were at once conveyed back to Plum creek, and there decently interred; inscription boards being placed at the head of each grave.
The horses and goods were taken off by the Indians.
Any further information respecting this occurrence will be cheerfully furnished the friends of the deceased by Mr. Greene.