The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 58
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tain Nicholas Nolan and Lieutenant Charles Cooper. Captain
Nolan informed the now weary-but still determined-buffalo
hunters that he had been sent by General E. O. C. Ord to round
up the same group of hostiles that the hunters were seeking
and suggested that he and Harvey join forces-the hunters
to do the scouting and he and his colored soldiers the fighting.'0
The combination was agreed upon, and some days later while
scouting, the associated forces sighted Indians near Laguna
Sabinas." Soon the scouts sent word that five or six Indians,
bearing a white flag, were headed straight for the party. When
they arrived, the delegation was headed by none other than
Quanah Parker, who at this time bore a commission from Gen-
eral Mackenzie to find his renegade brethren and bring them
back to Fort Sill." Captain Nolan swore vehemently at the
official interference, but could do nothing. The crafty Quanah
indicated that the Indians had gone toward Mustang Spring'"
and that he was going there to seek them. By this ruse
he probably succeeded in letting the renegades get away to the
July 26, while the two commands were in camp at "Double
Lake,"'" Jos6, the scout, sent word that he had sighted Indians
leaving Laguna Rica,"' headed northwest. "Boots and saddles"
was quickly sounded-it was an appointment with adventure-
and away went the hunters and soldiers on the trail of the
Comanches. So quickly was the departure taken that many of
the negro soldiers neglected to fill their canteens. This was the
start of the trail which the Indians made "strictly dry," tor-
tuous, and meandering. The starting point is fairly easy to
mark, but the point at which the debacle occurred is not so
apparent. Obviously between the two points lies the zig-zag
trail, hence the importance of marking its end. The first day's
travel took the men across the present Lynn County to the
east of Rich Lake and thence northwest.'7 Such a course with
oCook, The Border and the Buffalo, pp. 259-260.
"The present Cedar Lake in northeastern Gaines County, Texas.
"Cook, The Border and the Buffalo, p. 265.
"In the present Martin County, Texas.
14Cook, The Border and the Buffalo, pp. 266; 285-287.
"The present Twin Lakes, west northwest from Tahoka, Texas in Lynn
10The present Rich Lake, in Terry County, Texas.
17Cook, The Border and the Buffalo, pp. 266-267.
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