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276 MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

 

released while in the rebel council chamber was discovered a quantity of incriminating documents. Riel had fled in a panic as soon as he realized that his cause was lost, leaving everything behind him. A few days later he was captured, and sent down to Regina to await his trial for high treason. Gabriel Dumont escaped to the United States. The casualties in the four days' fighting amounted to about 12 killed, and 85 wounded. The rebels lost 51 killed and 173 wounded, of whom 47 were killed and 163 wounded on the last day.

It will now be necessary to go back a month and follow the fortunes of the Battleford Column, under Colonel Otter. Otter left Swift Current on the 13th of April with the following troops: the Queen's Own Rifles, under Lieut.-Col. Millar, 274 men; a company of sharp-shooters from the Governor-General's Foot Guards, under Captain Todd, 51 men; one-half "C" Company, I.S.C., Lieut. Wadmore; "B" Battery, R.C.A., Major Short, 2 guns, 113 men; 50 men of the North-West Mounted Police with 1 gun, under Lieut.-Col. Herchmer; and 6 Scouts. The column reached Battleford on the evening of the 23rd and Otter added to his force the little garrison, consisting of 43 men of the Mounted Police; the Battle-ford Rifle Company, Captain Nash, 45 men; and the Home Guards, Captains Wild and Scott, 134 men. A Gatling gun had been added to "B" Battery at Saskatchewan Landing.

Since the Duck Lake affair, Poundmaker and his Indians had been on the war-path in the neighbourhood of Battleford. They had murdered several settlers and destroyed much property, and there was reason to believe that a junction of the forces of Poundmaker and Big Bear was contemplated with the object of their joining Riel. Indeed, Indian "runners" from Big Bear were at this time in Poundmaker's camp. Otter determined to teach them a lesson. Poundmaker was known to be encamped at Cut Knife Hill, about thirty-eight miles from Battle-ford. Taking with him a mixed force of some 325 men


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