|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1844|
|Death: ||Feb. 22, 1917|
Kansas City, Kansas
Friday, February 23, 1917
CAPTAIN PLILEY, FAMOUS SCOUT, DIES
ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVORS OF THE ARICKAREE BATTLE
For several years he was in the United States Army Service as a scout and cavalry officer in the campaigns against hostile bands of Indians.
Captain Allison J. Pliley, famous in the frontier days as a scout and cavalry officer and possibly the last of the survivors of the battle of the Arickaree between the United States cavalry and the Indians in 1868, passed away yesterday at his residence, 612 Valley Street, this city.
Captain Pliley would have been 73 years old on April 20th. He came to Kansas in 1858 and save for a residence in Kansas City, Missouri for several years, he made his home in Kansas. For several years he was in the United States Army service has a scout and cavalry officer and had a big part in subduing the hostile Indians who were interfering with the settlement of the plains in Kansas and Nebraska.
In 1868, Pliley was a scout under Col. George A. Forsyth at Fort Hays,Kansas (now Hays, Kansas). When word came of a massacre near Willow Springs, Colorado, Forsyth's command went in pursuit. From the spot where they found bodies and wagons of immigrants they rode to the Republican river
and met the Indians where that stream is joined by the Arickaree river. The place is where Haigler, Nebraska, in Dundee County now is (actually, it is near Wray, Yuma County, Colorado). There were about 1200 Indians, and after a night in camp the little band of scouts found themselves surrounded on the land side of the camp. They crossed to Beechers Island and entrenched. The Indians attacked persistently, wounding 22 of scouts. Captain Pliley was one of four who broke through the Indians' lines and went to Fort Wallace, Kansas (in Wallace County), for aid. The band finally was rescued.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Pliley and seven daughters, Mrs. M.N. (Mahlon N.) Utter, Mrs. R. O. (Richard Ovid) Armstrong, Mrs. C.(Charles) T. Fry, Mrs. Leslie Bell, Mrs. J.W. (John) Standler, Mrs. J.H. (John Henry) Winger and Mrs. O.(Obed) O. Pound, all of this city. Funeral
services will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Quindaro Cemetery.
This obituary was researched and provided to me by Mike of Wichita, Kansas.
John Pliley (1798 - 1882)
Mary S. Waddle Pliley (1801 - 1884)
Martha L. Young Pliley (1851 - 1934)*
Mary Elizabeth Pliley Utter (1872 - 1949)*
Marie Azelia Pliley Armstrong (1874 - 1943)*
Bessie Jean Pliley Fry (1879 - 1961)*
Ruby Lee Pliley Shindler (1884 - 1954)*
Ella Virginia Pliley Winger (1887 - 1955)*
Goldie Young Pliley Pound (1891 - 1980)*
Pearl A Pliley Bell (1898 - 1982)*
Albert Augustus Pliley (1842 - 1915)*
Allison John Pliley (1844 - 1917)
Created by: Steve Jones
Record added: May 22, 2006
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