[Hosea Stout Diary] Saturday July 1st 1848. Went on. Had a Buffalo fight in the river. Saw 1000s of Buffalo today which moved as black clouds in the prairie. It is a sight not to be described & only to be realized by the sight
The people ran reckless and regardless to every principal of good order after them. Shooting them down and leaving them on the ground.
The President reproved the people for the course they had taken in running after the Buffalo and said he would have nothing more to do with it but every man might do as he pleased as they would not abide their own arraingements in hunting
It was long after dark before I could get the guard mad eout because the men were out after the buffalo.
How like a permanent location is the carral, formed every time alike. What a monotonous solitary feeling to go around every night in search of the guard
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]