May 19, 1885. p.1 & 4
(From our Special Correspondence)
Wednesday, May 13
Batoche, May 12 -- Batoche taken at 4 P.M. to-day. The prisoners are released and the rebells are in full flight. This afternoon the troops made a rapid advance down into Batoche capturing rifle pitts and ravine and driving the rebels before them. The fighting was desperate, many of our brave fellows biting dust. With tremendous fire and elan our brave fellows at the word ‘charge’ dashed down on Batoche, capturing the houses and releasing all the prisoners, seven in number, named McDonnell, Thompson Brothers, H. Ross, Astley, McKeane, Jackson Brothers, and Albert Monkman. Our loss is:
Private ALEX YOUNG, slight flesh wound in the thigh.
Sergt. JAKES in the hand slight
Corp. J.G. GILES, slight in the hand.
Sergt. Major WATSON, slight in the hand. All doing well.
Lieut. LAIDLAW, wounded slightly.
Major DAWSON, slight in the ankle.
WM. KIPPEN, of Perth, Ont., shot through the head killed instantly, the ball entering his mouth.
Private BARTON, in the thigh and groin.
Corp. HELLEWELL, face and arm, slight.
Lieut. HELLEWELL, brother to above, in shoulder.
Private R. COOK, in arm.
Bugler M. GAUGHAN, shot in finger.
Private G.W. QUIGLEY, flesh wound in arm.
Private JAS. MARSHALL, in calf.
Prvt. H. WILSON, slight wound across back.
Captain FITCH, shot through heart died instantly.
Captain FRENCH, of the scouting force, shot dead whilst gallantly leading on his men.
Our total loss now five killed and ten wounded. Northecote and another steamer coming down the River with “C” School of Infantry and some police will cut off retreat of rebels.
Private FRAZER of the Ninetieth was killed.
Captain BROWN, of Boulton’s Scouts, shot through the heart.
Wounded Half-breed just brought in.
As we informed our readers some time ago Riel had distributed the prisoners through the houses at Batoche in order to make General Middleton afraid to fire on them with cannon. A high official informed the General of this, and the response was “We must take the place. Still more lives will have to be sacrificed before the rebellion is put down.” What a miscreant Riel is will be seen from the conclusion of our representative’s despatch below.
During the heat of the engagement the following correspondence passed between Gen. Middleton and Riel. Riel in the first place sent in white flag carried by a prisoner named Astley, and this message: If you do not cease firing on houses, thereby injuring our families, we will massacre prisoners commencing with Indian Agent Lash.” General Middleton answered: “Let me know where your women and children are and we will not fire on them.” Riel replied, thanking the General for his courtesy. But subsequently, as our troops rushed forward to attack pencilled on an envelope the following: As I don’t like war I conclude to massacre prisoners.” But before he had time to go through with his programme
OUR BOYS WERE ON THEM,
and prisoners released.
The charge was a splendidly gallant affair. Rebell loss must be very heavy. Twelve Half-breeds seen dead already. A wounded Half-breed, Ambroise Joslin, a member of Riel’s council, brought in now.
Thursday, May 14
Rebels Giving Themselves Up
Special to LEADER
Batoche, May 14. -- We move off for Prince Albert to-day. Parish Priest tells me that the rebel loss was fifty-one killed and one hundred and seventy-three wounded. I think this defeat will wind up the matter. The rebels are giving themselves up.
Battleford, May 14. -- 30 loads of provisions, being 20 yoke of cattle and 10 teams of horses were seized by the Indians on Red Pheasant’s Reserve while passing through. One policeman killed and one wounded. The teamsters escaped by jumping on their horses and galloping in to Battleford.
Battleford, May 14. -- A party of seven Mounted Police, patrolling about noon to-day near entrance to Eagle Hills, 10 miles from here were surprised by a large band of Mounted Indians, and fired upon. Constable Elliott was instantly killed dropping out of the saddle, and Constable Spencer was wounded in the body, but succeeded in riding away. A Courier came through the hills about the same time. He came up with a train of ox teams carrying provisions up Swift Current trail to this point. They were waiting for an escort form here to take them through the hills.
He also saw a number of waggons in the Hills with the horses gone and the contents taken. It is supposed that about twenty oxen and ten horse teams were captured by the Indians. They carried general supplies. Elliott who was killed was an Englishman, son of a British officer. Spencer who was wounded came form West Troy, N.Y. The patrol was under command of Sergt. Gordon, formerly of Holland Landing.
The train carrying the articles sent by Toronto Ladies to Q.O. R., is now on way up trail. I was not among those captured. It is not known definitely what has become of Teamsters but it is supposed that they are in the hands of Indians. No dead bodies were seen by Courier, Indians now having got on Swift Current there will be great danger of supplies being cut off.
Friday, May 15
MORE ABOUT THE CAPTURE OF STORES
(Special to LEADER)
Clarke’s Crossing, May 15. -- Tait the Half-breed courier arrived from Prince Albert during the night. He reports everything quiet there. Captain Moore wounded in the Duck Lake fight had his leg amputated a few days since, he’s in a critical condition and fears are entertained of recovery. Tait also reports half-breeds are arriving at Gen. Middleton’s camp and surrendering in large numbers. They all say they were forced into the rebellion. Charles Nolan is blamed by all as the instigator of the Half-breeds and Albert Monkman amongst the Indians.
Forty bodies of the rebels have been found on the field, 15 of which are Indians.
The steamer Northcote had a narrow escape, and had it not been for the coolness displayed by “C” Company of the School of Infantry under Major Smith, a disaster would have resulted. Col. Bedson Chief of Transport, was shot through the coat. His clerk, Viren, had a flesh wound through the thigh. Troops are going to Prince Albert. Riel and Dumont have escaped and other Half-breeds are surrendering.
Saturday, May 16.
(Special to the Leader)
Clarke’s Crossing, May 16. -- Riel just brought in (half past three) safely. No demonstration. Walked quietly into the General’s Camp.
Clarke’s Crossing, May 16. -- William Diepe, Thomas Howrie, and J. H. Armstrong, three daring scouts, captured Riel at noon to-day. He was on the road three miles north of Batoche. He was in company with 3 young men two of whom were armed. He appeared unconcerned. Diepe said to him, surprised to see you here. Riel said, I was coming to give myself up. Said his wife and family were across the river.
While talking to him Boulton’s Scouts seen coming up, Riel, becoming afraid of being shot, begged his captors to take him on to the camp themselves. Accordingly Diepe went off for horses, but when a little distance away Boulton’s Scouts got closer, and Howrie and Armstrong took Riel on one of their horses, and taking unfrequented roads will bring Riel into camp this afternoon
General Middleton gave orders that all men keep in tents when Riel comes in as afraid some personal enemy of Riel’s may shoot him, many having sworn to shoot him on sight. No praise too high for the three gallant men who effected capture, who many times have risked their lives since Rebellion began and this time ventures alone through a country swarming with defeated rebels. All troubles of campaign amply repaired by capture of Arch-Traitor Riel.
Qu’Appelle, May 16. -- Have had a long interview with Archbishop Tache this morning. His Grace at Fort Qu’Appelle Mission administer confirmation. He hopes to return to Winnipeg Tuesday. Thinks Poundmaker will make a stand probably at Eagle Hills. He says Lieut. Governor Dewdney has done his duty and when the time arrives Mr. Dewdney can prove he is not responsible for the rebellion.
Particulars of the Taking of Batoche.
Clarke’s Crossing, May 14. -- Emanuel Champage, Piere Parantian, senior Pierre Henri, and Bears Borba, The Sioux Interpreter four of Riel’s councillors just surrendered themselves and taken on board the steamer Marquis en route to Prince Albert. A party is now out after Riel and Dumont. Mr. Bedson gives the following story of the Northcote’s narrow escape. Five miles from Batoche I saw scouts on trail who watched them all the way down. Orders were given for the steamer to anchor half mile above Batoche, but were unable to carry them out, as after proceeding a mile along the river rebels commenced firing maintaining two volumes for six miles, running along the river bank. The coolness displayed by “C” company was remarkable. Fortunately well barricaded so casualties were few. Major Smith commanded, chief transport officers Bedson, Capt. Wise and transport clerk Vinen were in the upper part of the boat and were unable to get down and remained taking pot shots at the rebels on the banks. Bedson was shot through the coat; Vinen severe flesh wound in the thigh. Boat dismantled passing under cable at Batoches. Major Smith, Bedson, and Wise exerted themselves greatly to maintain discipline amongst the crew. The boat drifted stern foremost five miles below Batoche, where under fire from the west bank dropped anchor, officers in command refusing to allow the boat to go further until they had communication with Middleton, knowing formidable nature of the rebel position. Rebels maintained fire on the boat all night, “C” Company returning it, wood giving out the boat went to Hudson Bay Crossing and found the Marquis had returned here with a company to Batoche to assist Middleton, arriving just as the enemy was routed. The whistle was carried away with the smokestack. Bedson offered a large reward to the men who would replace it in the face of the rebels fire, and was done by two volunteers without loss. This is the first naval engagement in the North West.
Batoche, 13th, -- via Clarke’s Crossing. Our victory as sent in former dispatches turns out more complete than most sanguine ( ) capture of Riel and Dumont who are still at large, details of yesterday’s fight as follows. Companies B. C. and F., Nintieth, Midland battalion and Grenadiers went out in afternoon, Col. Williams taking extreme left with Midland, Col. Grassett left centre with Grenadiers and 90th under Major McKean, and Buchan centre and right centre, shortly afterwards Capt. Dennis, Surveyor and Boulton’s horse took the extreme right and forward movement began. The midland dashed down into the ravine with ringing cheers notwithstanding the heavy fire form the rifle pits and drove the rebels pell mell before them along the river bank towards the crossing. The Grenadiers charged simultaneously with the 90th and captured inumerable rifle pits of formidable construction extending for a mile and a half from the river bank, in some cases hand to hand combat ensued, and cases of personal bravery numerous. Honor of arriving first in town disputed by all concerned, so not safe to say which was first. Prisoners were found in small house next to Batoche’s new store, they were confined in cellar, and large box full of stores placed on trapdoor. Ninetieth men entering house heard sounds of knocking below; removed the box, and standing round ready to shoot, saw white faced man raise hands; they helped him out, and six others, who embraced rescuers with tears in their eyes. On the left Midland and Grenadiers pushed nobly on. Now reaching Batoche’s house on river bank amid terrific fire from Rebels from ravine beyond, and on the opposite bank, Captain French, first entering house, rushed up the stairs, exclaiming “boys, when this is over, remember who led you here.” He threw up window, fired at rebels, and immediately fell back dead, with a bullet in his heart. Thomas Houri, son of interpreter, greatly distinguished himself by his gallant conduct, seeming to bear a charmed life.
Staff Sergt. Mitchell, of Grenadiers, alone silenced rebel rifle pits across river, making splendid long range shots. Rebels now gave way altogether, and fled along trail northwards, leaving families, numbering several hundred women and children, on low bushy flat on river bank with white flag to protect them they were immediately taken under our protection, and treated considerately. Our troops constructed earth works around houses and stores sleeping on ground all night under arms. No disturbance occurred. In the morning, early, rebels commenced coming, surrendering their weapons, saying they were compelled to fight against will. Numbers still arriving. Several wounded Breeds brought into camp, amongst them being Councillors Delorme, and Jodin, former likely to die, latter shot in thigh; number of prisoners taken most important, being Eneas Poitras, William Fiddler, Alexis Gervais, Francis and Patrise Fourand, Maxime Duboise, Albert Monkman and the Jackson Brothers. They will be held for trial, majority having been Riel’s councillors. Actual rebel loss unknown, but forty-two bodies found on field already, fifteen of which are Indians, and over twenty known to be wounded.
Our total loss since Saturday last is dead, James Fraser and Richard Hardisty of the 90th, Lt. A. W. Kippen, of a surveyors Corps, Lt. W. Fitch, and Private Moore of Grenadier’s Corps. E.T. Brown, of Boulton’s Horse. Gunner William Phillips, of A Battery, and Captain John French of Seventh.
Our wounded are: “A” Battery -- Wm. Fairbanks, thigh; M. Cowley, thigh; Carpenter, right knee and left leg; F. Hokes, run over by gun carraiage. Grenadiers -- Major Dawson, leg; Capt. Manley, foot; Capt. Mason, hip; Private Brisbane, forehead slight; Easger, jaw; H. Millson, chest; A. Martin, shoulder; Marshall, in ankle; Borbon, in the head; Contwell, hand and thigh; Quigley, right arm; Cooke, arm; Skead, arm; Scoble, arm; Bugler Gahgan, hand; Corp. Foley, side; 90th Battalion. -- Corp. Wm. Kelp, right eye; Ralph Barton, left hand; Mack Erickson, left arm; Allan L. Young, left thigh; Serg. Jackas, hand; Sergt.-Major John Watson, hands; Corp. Jas. Gillios, leg; Private F. Alexander Watson, neck and chest. Midland Battalion -- Capt. Helliwell, shoulder; Sergt. A. E. Christie, right arm; Lieut. G.E. Laidlaw, right calf. Private Wm. Barton, left hip; Corp. E.A.E. Helliwell, face; Color Sergt. Wm. Thomas Wright, on left arm; Private M. Dally, left hand. Boulton’s Scouts -- Wm. Hope, Hay, forearm. French’s Scouts -- G.R. Allan, right shoulder; R. Cook, left thigh. Surveyors -- Capt. Wm. Gardiner, in shoulder; A.O. Wheeler, shoulder. All are doing well. Will go down to Saskatoon today on Northcote, Father Moulin is also well as can be expected some wounded Rebels also being taken down as live near there. Capt. Sheets says Steamer had terrible trip through Rebel fire. Smoke-stack cut of by cable laid across River casualties on Steamer were, Dr. Pringle, of MCGillm, shoulder; Vinen, of Stonewall, thigh; John McDonald one of Crew in heel.
All slight to intermediate rebels, our people on board run stove-pipe through side made believe Cannous, ran gauntlet for five or six miles killed many rebels.