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Letter from Camp Grant--Peace Agreement by the Pinals--Delightful Hopes Expressed

Camp Grant, A.T., March 7, 1871.

The prospects that your cry will not be troubled by the Apaches for some time, are very bright indeed. Lieut. Whitman 3d cavalry and commanding officer of this Post, has just concluded a peace with two of the petty chiefs of the Pinal tribe, who have sent runners out to all of their people, with the object that they shall also come in on a reservation. This peace was concluded under the most auspicious circumstances. A short time since five Indian women came to this Post under a flag of truce--which I cannot forbear describing as a rag that was once white--this you could just discern. It was about 10 inches long, and about an inch and a quarter wide, and was adjusted from a reed, which the most forbidding looking of the squaws carried. The kind treatment those received whilst here (two days) and the same I have no doubt being expected, it soon got noised abroad amongst them. Then again a buck and his lass came in, and seeing that everything was as represented, we are now in a fair way of having all their folks coming in, and I feel confident in asserting that, no matter what other officer comes here, if they are treated with the same kindness and fair dealing, as they are receiving at the hands of the now Commandant and Commissary, the people of Arizona need be under no farther apprehension of any incrusions from this portion of the Apache tribe. Col. Green, 1st Cavalry, was here at the time of the treaty, and so confident was he of their good faith that he left for Camp Apache without seeking to molest any more of them, contrary to his original intentions, which speaks well, as Col. Green is conceded to be very well posted on the Indians and their manner of transacting such business.

I think that these Indians being left San Pedro and Arivapa valleys to cultivate, and receiving convincing encouragement by implements, seeds, etc., in fact everything that would be requisite to start a people on their new career, we will have no more of those Indian atrocities that have so blurred the history of this territory.

A Soldier.

[The Citizen, March 11, 1871, p.2]