The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 28
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2nd Cavalry, left Fort Mason on a scout with a detachment of
companies A and F, 2nd Cavalry. After a persevering and fa-
tiguing search, having sent back twenty horses too feeble for the
work, he overtook and attacked, on the 13th of February, a party
of Indians in a strong position. Not being able to approach
mounted, with twelve dismounted men he advanced to the assault,
killed one Indian and mortally wounded two. Before they could
be driven from their position, night sat in with a terrific storm,
under cover of which the remainder escaped, and their trace was
obliterated. An examination of their position in the morning
showed it to be of great strength, of frequent resort, and pre-
pared for concealment and defense. Fourteen horses were cap-
tured. The Indians were armed with bows, rifles and revolvers.
Private A. J. O'Neill of company F, 2nd Cavalry was wounded.
Ninth. On the 7th of May, a train of Mr. Howard's with Gov-
ernment stores, was attacked by forty or fifty Indians a few miles
from Howard's Springs, on the El Paso road. As soon as they
were discovered, Sergeant Thomas G. Dennin, company K, 1st
Infantry, commanding the escort of eight men, directed the lead-
ing mules of the escort wagon which was in front to be secured
to the wagon wheels and prepared his party for defense. The
Indians advanced steadily in line to within two hundred yards,
when they sounded the attack. One portion enveloped the escort
wagon, delivering their fire and moving at full speed in opposite
directions in two consecutive circles, of which the wagon was the
centre. Another portion attacked the rear. Upon the fall of
one of the party in front, brought down by the fire of the Sergeant
and his party, the whole united in the attack on the rear, upset
the hindmost wagon and made a barricade of its contents. The
Sergeant hurried with his party to the rear, when a second Indian
was struck by a shot from the Sergeant's gun, and the whole
immediately retired. From the circumstances reported, two In-
dians are believed to have been killed. The Indians captured
some loose animals in the rear of the train (a horse, four mules
and four oxen), and wounded a Mexican in the beginning of
The Sergeant and his party deserve much credit for the judg-
ment, courage and coolness displayed.
Tenth. Captain S. D. Sturgis, 1st Cavalry, commanding the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936, periodical, 1936; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/m1/36/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.