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seemed an old wagon-trail. As soon as I saw it and had hope-
fully travelled it a little way, it occurred to me where we were.
I at once made the good news known to all, and such wild
hurrahs and firing of guns you never heard in your life. The
captain and I travelled some five miles on that blessed trail, and
finally reached Double Lake, completely exhausted. We found
here six of the men of our company, whom we had missed, and
immediately started them out with canteens of water for their
suffering comrades. Our loss on the trip was four men died from
thirst; also one citizen died; and twenty-three Government horses
and four mules. At Double Lake we came across Capt. Lee, of
our regiment, and eleven Tonkawa Indian scouts-the relief party
sent from Fort Concho in search of us. This, I suppose will in
a measure account for the statements in the Eastern papers (since
seen by me) that we were attacked by Indians, and, being all
nearly dead-our horses quite so-had been massacred. The exag-
gerated reports about us, it seems were circulated by some of the
men left behind, who managed to reach water first, and, believing
us all dead, came into Concho and told the stories that have since
been going over the country, and which nearly deprived my dear
wife, at the Fort, of her reason.2
2Clipping from New Yorl Daily Tribune, September 8, 1877, in Old Files
Division, Adjutant General's Office (Old Files Section of Executive Divi-
sion), 5594 1/2 A. G. O. 1882 File with 5738 A. G. 0. 1877, Department
of War, Washington, D. C.
Hillsboro Junior College, Hillsboro, Texas.
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