When Gov. George Abernethy, head of the provisional government in Oregon Territory, heard of the massacre, a company of riflemen was enrolled to punish the Cayuse. Soon the call was increased to 500 volunteers. At the end of February the volunteer soldiers reached the Walla Walla Valley. The Cayuse fled to the mountains north of the Snake River, but the disorganized and poorly disciplined troops did not pursue them far. This Site Sells Stolen Artwork Shirt These volunteers stayed at Waiilatpu until early summer. Then, leaving behind a guard of 50 men at the mission by now called Fort Waters the rest returned home.