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Later Mahaska killed a French trader in an argument; he was arrested and imprisoned in St. Louis, Missouri. After he escaped, he led a raid against the Osage.
Afterward, he decided that his fatherís death was finally avenged. Mahaska lay down his arms and adopted the lifestyle of the European-American settlers, building a log home and farming. He refused to let his braves avenge the death of an Iowa chief named Crane at the hands of Omaha Indians in 1833. When several Iowa killed six Omaha warriors, Mahaska assisted in their arrest.
The next year one of the Iowa escaped from Fort Leavenworth and killed Mahaska by shooting him in the back as he sat by his campfire. He was buried along the Nodaway River in Edna Township, Cass County, Iowa. Mahaska became a symbol to settlers of the virtues of his native lifestyle, and of the possibility of peace between natives and settlers.
|209k||The Crew of the USS Mahaska, CAPT. Foxhall A. Parker, destroying the Water Battery, Built by the Rebels, at West Point, York River, 1 November 1862.
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper- 1862.
|81k||"Rendezvous of Our Fleet in James River, off City Point, -- Drawn on the Spot, May 29, 1862"
A line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", Volume of January-June 1862, page 390. depicting the U.S. Navy ships (listed as shown, from left to right)
USS Maratanza (I),
USS Wachusett (I),
USS Aroostook (I),
USS Mahaska and
USS Galena (I)
operating on the James River in support of General McClellan's army.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59206
|104k||"The Gun-boats 'Galena' and 'Mahaska' shelling the Rebels at Harrison's Landing, July 1, 1862"
A line engraving, based on a sketch "by an officer of the Navy", published in "Harper's Weekly", Volume 6, July-December 1862, page 470.
USS Galena is at left and USS Mahaska is at right.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59198
|406k||"The United States Infantry burning the House of the Rebel Ruffin under the Guns of the United States Gunboat 'Mahaska'"
A line engraving, based on a sketch "by an officer of the 'Mahaska'", published in "Harper's Weekly", Volume 6, July-December 1862, page 540. USS Mahaska is in the left foreground. Edmund Ruffin of Virginia, a leading figure of the secession movement, was credited with firing the first shot of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, the opening gun of the Civil War.
US Library of Congress photo.
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