The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 78
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more Indians and stopped to make a fight upon the top of a hill,
being soon joined by ten more, making in all twenty-eight Indians.
Lieutenant Bullis, with his four men, attacked them and maintained
the fight for upwards of thirty minutes, but found it impossible to
dislodge them and retired, taking with him, however, a second herd
of cattle which the Indians had collected-numbering about two
It may be presumed that this action took place somewhere
around Fort Clark, near present day Brackettville, Texas, and it
is certain that the famous raid under Colonel Ranald S. Macken-
zie to Remolina, Mexico, in May, 1873, started from that post.
In this raid, Lieutenant Bullis, in command of the Seminole
scouts, played a leading part.
A large part of the sufferings of the Texas frontier was due to
the disorders of reconstruction, and during this chaotic time the
hostile Indians raised havoc. It was their practice to raid Texas
from a sanctuary in Mexico and vice versa, and because of the
disagreements of the two governments it was impossible legally
to pursue them over the border. But legality was no barrier upon
occasion and President Venustiano Carranza, of Mexico, in a
message of September i, 1919, listed twenty-three violations of
Mexican territory, beginning with the Remolina raid, in the
decade after 1873.
The raid into Remolina in the state of Coahuila was the largest
made by United States troops into Mexico until the futile
Pershing Expedition in 1916. Completely illegal and largely suc-
cessful, the raid was made upon the sole personal responsibility
of Colonel Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, then the youngest colonel
in the army, and of whom U. S. Grant wrote in his memoirs:
"He was the most promising young officer of the Army."' Mac-
kenzie was a nephew of John Slidell, the Confederate diplomatic
agent of Mason and Slidell fame and a son of a naval officer who
had hanged a nephew of the secretary of war from the yardarm
for mutiny on the high seas.?
Mackenzie had met with Secretary of War William Worth
4Statement as to the Military Record . of Brevet Major John L. Bullis (MS.).
5J. Fred Rippy, The United States and Mexico (New York, 1926), 288.
eR. G. Carter, On the Border with Mackenzie or Winning West Texas from
the Comanches (Washington, 1935), 540.
7Dictionary of American Biography (2o vols.; New York, 1935), XII, 95-96.
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