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full-scale war raged. Only a general outbreak could have forged co-
operation between the War and Interior departments, and when that
outbreak finally occurred, a call to arms was issued by General William
T. Sherman on July 21, 1874. "Hostiles" were to be punished
wherever they might be found, even if that meant following them onto
General John Pope of the Department of the Missouri and Gen-
eral C. C. Augur of the Department of Texas were ordered to coor-
dinate the attack. Each commander employed three columns, one of
which, the Indian Territory Expedition, under Pope, was led by
Colonel Nelson A. Miles. The duty of this force was to move south
of Fort Dodge and Camp Supply toward the Red River, then sweep
the Texas Panhandle clean of hostiles and push them to the Cheyenne
and Arapaho Reservation.'
McFadden's extensive account of his adventures as a guide under
Baldwin have been checked against the official reports on the cam-
paign and against the Baldwin papers in the Henry E. Huntington
Library. Many of the experiences noted by McFadden were previously
unrecorded; and while knowledge of them will not cast a new light on
the expedition, it will serve to fill in some gaps, especially about the
activities and techniques of the guides in this campaign. Best of all,
McFadden's account is an interesting and easy-to-read tale of life on
the frontier nearly Ioo years ago.
The editorial work done on this diary was relatively slight. Altera-
tions have been made only to facilitate the reader's speed and enjoy-
ment by providing judicious paragraphing, a uniformity of gramma-
tical marks, and the proper spelling of geographical locations and ab-
breviations. In no case have the diarist's entries been altered either by
deletion or addition without notation in the footnotes or in brackets.
THE INDIAN TERRITORY EXPEDITION
August 6th, 1874: Fort Dodge, Kansas. Here I am, after an absence of five
years in the states, financially broke, with the avowed intention of return-
ing to my first love-the life of a hunter and trapper, but find that the
Indians are on the war path and are making it very uncomfortable for the
hunters, stockmen, and freighters, a band of Cheyennes having killed a
1William H. Leckie, The Military Conquest of the Southern Plains (Norman, 1965),
199; Robert C. Carriker, Fort Supply, Indian Territory (Norman, 1970), 91.
2Special Orders No. 114, Department of the Missouri, July 27, 1874, in Frank Dwight
Baldwin, "Autobiography of Frank Dwight Baldwin" (Henry E. Huntington Library),
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