I also found that the City had been alive with soldiers since mid night preparing to go into the mountains to meet with our Enemies. An express arived during the night saying that the Cavalry was advanceing upon Bridger under a gallop and the picket guard had to run their Horses to get out of the way.
Col Johnson Arived in Camp of the main Armey. He said to Maj Allen whom they held a prisioner "God damn you when I get to Bridger I will hang you." Maj Allen thinking there was not much Chance for his life & prefered shooting to Hanging during the same evening being Closely guarded by 24 men He pulled off his Boots & walked up to a fire to warm his toes. While steping around to warm his feet He made a spring & cleared himself from the guard. He run into the midst of a heard of Cattle so they Could not shoot him. Horsmen immediately started in persuit of him but in the darkness of the night they Could not over take him. He run in his stocking feet in the snow for 30 miles Carrying his Boots in his hand not dareing to stop to put them on & arived in our Camps in safety.
Our men took 100 head of Cattle one night & 300 head another which were now coming in.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]