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In response to the first battle of Pyramid Lake, Federal troops and elements of the California militia were sent to the area led by Capt. Joseph Stewart and Col. John C. Hays. In late June this force retraced the steps of Ormsby’s command, but met only slight resistance. The Paiute forces scattered across the Great Basin, and after a minor skirmish in the Lake Range north-east of Pyramid Lake the federal force gave up the chase. Four whites were killed in the second battle of Pyramid lake-and claimed 160 Paiutes killed.