1858 Senate Report Regarding the "Outrage at Jaffa" in Which the American Dickson Agricultural Colony Was Brutally Attacked
Message of the President of the United States,
in answer to
A resolution of the Senate, concerning the outrages lately committed against the family of Mr. Dickson, an American citizen residing at Jaffa, in Palestine.
OUTRAGES AT JAFFA
...Sir: It is my painful duty to inform you that, on the night of the 11th of January, 1858, an attack was made upon the house of Walter dickson, an American citizen residing at Jaffa. The house was forcibly entered; he himself struck down by a blow upon the head; his wife and daughter violated, and Frederick Steinbeck, a Prussian, but who has American letters of protection, murdered. The house was pillaged of most of its contents...
...Owing to the slight intercourse which the people here have has with Americans, they know little of their power and influence. To make them feel our power, and the influence of our consuls, it is very evident that every effort must be made in the present case, so to act as that such a case shall never occur again...
J. Warren Gorham,
United States Consul, Jerusalem.
...They caught my daughter, Mrs. Steinbeck, by the arm; she caught hold of me; they struck her with the breech of their guns, and forced her to let go her hold. She then caught hold of the bedstead, and they pulled it over; in the bed were my daughter and Mrs. Steinbeck's two children. They took her away from the bed and dragged her out of doors. One man staid [sic] in the house and four went out; they came back in about half an hour. While Mrs. Steinbeck was out of the house, the remaining man dragged Mrs. Dickson into the adjoining room...