Citation – Primary Source
Event / Description
Folder F3753:667, Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers, F3753, California State Archives.
Affadavit of A. Dodge, son of Indian Agent Hoopa Valley, swears saw Judge Cary and Sheriff McBrown concerning murder of Indian (Thompson) by Renter. They told him to swear out warrant for horse stealing as no jury would convict for killing Indian. Finally, got warrant from District Attorney but J.P. Benjamin says no good as Renter out of County and no official is going to chase just for killing an Indian. Written in Hoopa Valley, Klamath County, September 17, 1873.
Folder F3753:666, Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers, F3753, California State Archives.
Letter from Lieutenant H.D. Nelson, Company Commander, Company 2, 12th Infantry to Assistant Adjutant General, 12th Infantry enclosing sworn deposition on killing of Indian named Thompson by white name Renter. Renter one of group sworn to stir up trouble with Indians – promised to kill one or more to rouse Indians. Lieutenant says no jury will convict – Renter gone. Indians mad. Written at Headquarters, Camp Gaston, Klamath County, September 22, 1873.
Folder F3753:668, Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers, F3753, California State Archives.
Letter from Major General J.M. Schofield to Governor Booth forwarding Lieutenant Nelson’s report and A. Dodge’s affadavit. Points out serious nature of crime and that almost certainly, without justice, Indians will retaliate and the incident will escalate into war. Written at Headquarters, Department of California, San Francisco, September 27, 1873.