The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 30
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30 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
for prudent foresight and energy, and also to Lieut.'s Riddick
and Ingraham, for the gallant manner in which they protected
the wagon train, repelling repeated attacks of the Indians, and
killing and wounding many of their number. Captain McIntosh
and Lieut. Fish also distinguished themselves, displaying great
energy and daring, especially the former, who, in making a
reconnoissance of a ravine near the line of march, on the 3rd,
fell in with and furiously drove before him-with sixteen men-
a party of fifty or sixty warriors, killing two, one of whom was
supposed to be a chief. To Assistant Surgeon C. T. Alexander
he also tenders his thanks, he having on several occasions volun-
teered to carry orders.
The following private soldiers are noticed for having greatly
distinguished themselves by acts of courage and personal
prowess:-Private Michael Wheelan, of Company B, 1st Cavalry,
having been dismounted, was attacked by nine Indians, and al-
though wounded in both legs, he killed two, wounded a third, and
broke with his sabre, the heads from three lances, when he was
rescued by some gallant men from the train. Private Warren
Hastings, of company I, whose horse had also been disabled, was
surrounded and attacked by ten or twelve Indians: he killed one
and wounded three, when he was rescued by a few comrades dis-
mounted like himself. Privates Ballard, of Company A, and
Simpson, of company I, each killed an Indian in personal combat.
Eleventh. On the 27th of August Corporal Rutter, of com-
pany B, 2nd Cavalry, with eight men of his company, and the
guide Mr. Mulky, started from Camp Colorado in a heavy rain
storm in pursuit of a party of Indians reported to have stolen
some horses the night previous. After pursuing the trail through
mud and water for about twenty-four hours the party-upon swim-
ming a creek, in which the riders were submerged nearly to their
arm-pits, wetting their arms and ammunition-came suddenly
upon the camp of five Indians, and charged them. The Indians
retreated to a dense thicket, which was surrounded by the Corporal
and his men, but owing to the condition of the arms their fire
was very ineffective. The Indians apprised of the bad order of
the arms by their continued snapping, made a dash towards the
creek, killing private James Cunningham, broke through the
party, swam to the opposite side, and effected their escape through
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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/m1/38/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.