Columbia, S. C. – Feb. 16, 1885
INDIANS AID THE NORTHERN ARMY
A small band of Northern soldiers spotted and raided a secret Rebel military camp in a small clearing near Columbia, today. Using Indians to surprise the sentries, the group of Union fighters attacked the camp. Rebels heard a commotion outside their tents and sprang into action. Using tomahawks, the Indians struck savagely at the Southern soldiers. Flaming arrows flew through the air, igniting the tents. Picking up their rifles, the Rebels tried blasting the Union soldiers and the Indians. Quickly the attackers retreated into the forest. The surprised rebels, left uncovered in the forest, retreated to their main headquarters. There they told the story of how only a "handful of Indians and soldiers" had caused such havoc in their camp.