The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 528
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
General: San Antonio 4 June 1849
I have the honor to report, that in obedience to an Order from
Major General J. Worth bearing date 26 February 1849. I organ-
ized a party consisting of John Harry, a Delaware, Joe Ellis and
Tom Coshattee, Shawnees, Patrick Goin, a Choctaw, and placed
them under the control of Jim Shaw, my interpreter, on the 18
March, I was in a state of readiness to enter upon the active dis-
charge of the duty assigned to examine the country between the
Pecos and El Paso del Norte, and ascertain whether a practicable
route could be found for passing troops.
From representations made to Jim Shaw, he was unwilling
to proceed without being strengthened by the addition of citi-
zens:-from entertained fears of hostilities on the part of the Wild
Indians. I thought proper to act upon the suggestions and added
Mr. D. C. Sullivan and Mr. A. D. Neal to my party. Dr. John S.
Ford of Austin volunteered to accompany me. The arrival of
Mo-po-cho-co-pe, and Buffaloe Hump Comanche chiefs, delayed
my departure-Learning that the latter chief was well acquainted
with the country I designed exploring I deemed his services of
great importance and secured them. On the 23rd I moved from
the North Bosque, and arrived at the Comanche Camp on the
27th Having explained the object of the expedition to the chiefs
and principal men-satisfied them of the disposition of the Gov-
ernment not to interfere with them or infringe their rights:- and
allowed Buffaloe Hump a sufficient period of time to arrange his
affairs for leaving. I resumed my march and on the 2nd April,
made Shanacos camp on the Colorado-I advised the chiefs of this
band of the ends the Government had in view in sending me out-
In reply they stated that they had recently visited the post at
Fredericksburg, where they had a talk with Major Gates, who
informed them of the contemplated opening of a road over their
hunting grounds-that settlements were to be made on the Concho
and other points, that a rail road would in a short while be con-
structed from the coast of Texas to Chihuahua. The jealousy
with which the Comanches watch every movement affecting their
claim to the territory they occupy is well known. The consequence
was an opposition to the proposed expedition, full of asperity
and bitterness of feeling, they declared their determination to
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