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Heard comments on U.S. soldiers at Camp Release

"Many of our men insisted that Colonel Sibley would be justifiable in making any treaty he could to obtain the captives, and when that was done, kill all the Indians, men, women, and children; one of them quoting a saying, which he attributed to the great Indian-fighter Harney, that "nits make lice." Our people, luckily, are disciplines; and the broad, sober sense of the leaders, which reaches beyond the present hour, generally restrains acts of atrocity."


Source:
Heard, Isaac V. D. History of the Sioux War and Massacres of 1862 and 1863. New York: Harper & Brothers (1863), 187.


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