The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 19
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Indian Raids on the Lower Rio Grande, 1836-1837
The Comanches lingered in the area for a few more days, for,
on February 28, Camargo and Reynosa faced five hundred of them
who approached both places; but before an adequate force could
be mustered to defend against them, the Indians destroyed every-
thing of value in an area of four to six square leagues, leaving more
than nine hundred animals dead. Even so, enough men went
against the savages to engage them in battle, and in an action last-
ing over two hours, the Mexicans suffered eight wounded. The
Indians lost a chief and five others who were seen to fall before
the Mexicans had to retire because of a scarcity of ammunition. l
It was reported later that the Indians attacked Revilla, ten leagues
from Reynosa, resulting in the capture of several persons, includ-
ing some vaqueros. No pursuit was made because of what appeared
to be a chronic lack of arms, ammunition, and horses."'
Meanwhile, the party sent out by Alcalde Guerra of Reynosa
reported on its activities. The leader, Manuel de la Fuente, wrote
from his camp on the Rio Grande on February 28 that on the
preceding day, early in the morning, his force of eighty-three men
(from Las Cuevas, Reynosa, and Camargo) had a brush with an
estimated four hundred Indians, whom they held until late in the
afternoon. The Indians finally retired because the great herd of
horses they had gathered was becoming restive and demanded
their attention. That night De la Fuente investigated whether or
not it was possible at least to retrieve the horses the Indians were
holding. Finding where the Indians were camping, De la Fuente,
who had rejoined his men, attacked the Indian camp at dawn at
the Charco de los Becerros, where the assaulting forces were com-
pelled to dismount amidst a hail of rifle balls and arrows. The
Indians then came in, and four of them and five horses were killed
and remained on the field, while six of De la Fuente's force were
injured. Unfortunately, though the field remained in the hands of
the Mexicans, it was impossible to follow up the victory because
the ammunition supply had been exhausted and because the
Comanches had superior horses."'
Another report came in from Matamoros. Alcalde Molano wrote
16Pedro de la Garza to Governor of Tamaulipas, Camargo, March 2, 1837, in
ibid., March 25, 1837.
17Guerra to Governor, March 6, 1837, in ibid., March 25, 1837.
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