The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

eagerly eaten by our men. We had not gone very far when we discov-
ered a portion of a Mexican cartwheel.
Dr. Beall27 and three men left us to gather fruit, and as they never
returned or were heard of afterwards, we suppose the Indians killed
Going up along the foot of that deep chasm we reached after a
while a gradual ascent which led us on the prairie again on which we
found occasional small lagunas and some fowl.
After about eight days travel we reached the end of the table land
at a place which our guides called the Puerta (Gateway).
From thence the country gradually descended and was wooded, and
north of us was rocky and high.
For once again we had no water for twenty four hours, but after
camping our guides started out at night and found water not far from
After some eight days travel we reached Arroyo de Abajo, where we
found plenty of wood and water.
Our guides told us that the shepherds often drove their flocks to
graze to the section we were in then.
The country became now rocky and uneven.
About Oct. 2nd hearing nothing from Col. Cook nor Capt. Cald-
well, another squad under Lieut. Burgess28 was sent out, whom Messrs
Scott29 and Howard80 accompanied, with orders to push forward and
obtain news, and not to delay long nor enter San Miguel.
These men were also taken prisoners.
We left the Arroyo de Monte Revuelto in the morning. The high
table land was to our left, we traveling west, on our right was a
mountain having two pyramidical mountains on each side of it. Nearer
to our right we came to high ground, and the road between this and
the staked plains to our left, was the Bocos (or pass into the Plains).
Here we found a distinct trail of horses, it was evident that a large
party of cavalry must have recently been there.
We soon reached the Arroyo Tuncanarie,52 where we also discov-
ered fresh horse signs, evidently of mounted men.
27H. Beall, an assistant surgeon, was from the District of Columbia.
28Charles Burgess was second lieutenant of Company A.
29Robert Scott.
"8John Howard, whose older brother George T. Howard was also on the expedi-
tion, was from Washington, D. C.
"8The following passage is one of several apparently paraphrased from the
diary of Thomas Falconer, which had been included as an appendix to the seventh
edition of Kendall, Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, published in 1856.
8"Tucumcari Creek.


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