Captivity of the Oatman Girls

Captivity of the Oatman Girls

Captivity of the Oatman Girls

Captivity of the Oatman Girls

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During the year 1851 news reached California, that in the spring of that year a family by the name of OATMAN, while endeavoring to reach California by the old Santa Fe route, had met with a most melancholy and terrible fate, about seventy miles from Fort Yuma. That while struggling with every difficulty imaginable, such as jaded teams, exhaustion of their stores of provisions, in a hostile and barren region, alone and unattended, they were brutally set upon by a horde of Apache savages; that seven of the nine persons composing their family were murdered, and that two of the smaller girls were taken into captivity.

One of the number, LORENZO D. OATMAN, a boy about fourteen, who was knocked down and left for dead, afterward escaped, but with severe wounds and seriops injury.

But of the girls, MARY ANN and OLIVE ANN, nothing had since been heard, up to last March. By a singular and mysteriously providential train of circumstances, it was ascertained at that time, by persons living at Fort Yuma, that one of these girls was then living among the Mohave tribe, about four hundred miles from the fort. A ransom was offered for . . .

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