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By Paul H. Carlson

In the center of the arid summer time of 1877, a drought yr in West Texas, a troop of a few 40 buffalo squaddies (African American cavalry led by means of white officials) struck out into the Llano Estacado from Double Lakes, south of recent Lubbock, pursuing a band of Kwahada Comanches who have been raiding homesteads and looking events. a gaggle of 22 buffalo hunters observed the warriors as courses and allies.

Several days later 3 black squaddies rode into fortress Concho at glossy San Angelo and stated that the lads and officials of Troop A have been lacking and presumed useless from thirst. The “Staked Plains Horror,” because the Galveston day-by-day News referred to as it, fast captured nationwide recognition. even though lots of the infantrymen ultimately straggled again into camp, 4 had died, and others finally confronted court-martial for desertion. The buffalo hunters had ridden off all alone to discover water, and the surviving squaddies had lived through ingesting the blood in their useless horses and their very own urine. A regimen military scout had changed into catastrophe of the worst kind.

Although the failed excursion used to be generally suggested on the time, its sparse remedies since then have relied completely at the white officials’ money owed. Paul Carlson has mined the courts-martial documents for testimony of the enlisted males, stories of a white boy who rode with the Indians, and different buried assets to supply the 1st multifaceted narrative ever released. His gripping account offers not just a fuller model of what occurred over these grim eighty-six hours but in addition a nuanced view of the interplay of squaddies, hunters, settlers, and Indians at the Staked Plains at this poignant moment prior to the ultimate settling of the Comanches on their reservation in Indian Territory.

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