[Hosea Stout Diary] Wednesday Oct 6th 1847. Sent 3 men out on guard & A. Ripley to Belvue to ascertain what was going on there as we had some reason to suppose that something was going on not altogether right.
In the evening when he came home he reported that there were troop marched from Fort Kearney to Grand Island and we were not certain as to their intentions towards us so the council thought best to send me with a company of men to meet the pioneers and put them on their guard and also assist them in case they need us.
Accordingly I went to preparing & Langley was sent over the river with an order from Bp Whitney for as many horses as were needed for that purpose[.] Thus passed today.
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]