The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 29
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Colonel Lee's Report on Indian Combats in Texas
Southern column of the Kioway and Comanche Expedition, com-
posed of companies A, B, C, D, E and I, 1st Cavalry, encountered
and dispersed a force of from six to eight hundred Indians, on
the 6th of August, killing twenty-nine of their number. The cir-
cumstances attending the engagement reflect great credit on Cap-
tain Sturgis, the officers and men of his command. The pursuit
was commenced at the close of a long and arduous scout, and
conducted with great judgment, energy and skill. Leaving his
heavy baggage on the Arkansas river on the 28th of September,
Captain Sturgis succeeded by rapid marches to come so closely
upon the Indians on the morning of the 2nd of October, as to
seize their camp, buffalo meat, hides, etc., having marched fifty
miles in the preceding twenty-four hours. Relinquishing the at-
tempt to overtake them by day, he that night resumed the pursuit
in a violent storm, and the next day his Indian scouts encountered
a large party. Before day on the 3rd of October, the Indians
attacked the troops in camp, doing but little injury, and with-
drew while it was yet dark. As soon as it was light the pursuit
was resumed. On the morning of the 6th, the Indians were again
discovered in front, and about 11 A. M., it became apparent that
their main body had been overtaken, and that they were deter-
mined to make a stand. Captain Beall with his squadron was in
front. Captain McIntosh was directed with his squadron to the
left, to charge them in flank, and Captain Carr to move against
the centre. The whole command took the gallop, but the Indians
unwilling to receive the assault, broke and gave way. A running
fight was kept up for fifteen miles, but the freshness of the Indian
horses enabled them to scatter and elude pursuit. Many are be-
lieved to have been wounded, besides those stated to have been
The loss of the Cavalry was as follows: wounded, 1st Sergeant
John O'Connell, privates Michael Wheelan and Gerard M. Beech,
company B, 1st Cavalry; the former slightly, and the two latter
severely;-missing, private Matthew Greene, company D, 1st Cav-
alry. Three friendly Indians were killed, and six horses killed
and disabled. Captain Sturgis speaks of the conduct of officers
and men as having been characterized by great gallantry and zeal
throughout the protracted engagement and the long and weary
pursuit. To Lieut. and Adjt. L. L. Lomax, he gives special praise
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