Tag: Louis Riel

Kamloops. B.C. 20 Jun 1885 Marcus Smith Letter to his wife cf Riel

Kamloops 1885, My dear Nannie, ..When Big Bear’s cattle are all consumed he will have to live on fish and small game but he will probably (when he finds points on Beaver River occupied by troops) strike north eastward for Green Lake on the main Hudson Bay Company’s brigade trail to the north – Green Lake (the north end of it) is near a bend of Beaver River about 140 miles from Carleton – to which troops will probably be sent if they don’t catch Big Bear before – I think it is a mistake they did not send Col. Otter with his brigade to catch Big Bear as that brigade seems best fitted for Indian warfare from their rapid marching – but I dare say you would sooner see the boys home – then chasing Indians though it appears they are disappointed in not being allowed to go.

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