The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 332
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for barter.10 The establishment of a military post near the Caddo
village where this trail passes, would have the effect to check this
traffic, and by that means lessen the inducements to this species of
theft. A healthy site for a military post could be selected near the
Caddb village, where good water and timber abound, and here
also should be permanently located the agent for these several
I also found upon the left bank of -the Brasos and about two
miles beloW Barnard's trading house, a small band of Delawares &
Shawnees, in all about forty warriors with their families. They
had. recently moved to this place from the neighborhood of Fort
Graham on account of the recent department orders which require
that Indians found within the line of military posts shall be put
to death. 'They are cultivating corn and are peaceable and well
disposed. - Some of them are occasionally used as interpreters,
guides '& hunters.
In respect to the Comanches who occupy the country within
the boiundary of this state I am unable to give any certain intelli-
gence; but f-ro~n the best information I have been able to obtain,
I am'. satisfied 'that their numbers do not exceed two thousand
warriors in all, and that they cannot concentrate at any one time
for hitile' purposes one fourth of that number, on account of the
difficulty of- subsisting so large a body. For this reason they are
generally 'separated into small parties--the largest number that
has been known to visit any of our military posts at one time has
hot 'exceeded seventy warriors. They are all under control of two
piriidipal chiefs, Buffalo Hump and Yellow Wolf, the last the most
active 'and energetic of the two. They occasionally visit some of
the' posts upon this line & always profess friendly disposition; but
no reliahce can be placed in their professions.
I enclose a sketch of the route recently passed over to the
Indian villages, which was prepared by Maj. Sibley."
'I leave here tomorrow for Fort Worth & thence to Washita.
. .oThis reference together with accompanying sketch located with certainty
the Comanche trail through this section.
n1Tle sites of'the Caddo, Keechi, Waco and Tawaconi villages are located
upstream from the Possum Kingdam Dam now -in course of construction
and will be submerged under the waters of the reservoir.
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