The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 63
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Nolan's "Lost Nigger" Expedition of 1877
Wild Horse Springs are supposed to be the Head-
waters of what is known as Morgans Creek, and lay
in a north easterly direction from Big Springs.
July 15th 1877.
This morning left camp at 6-30 Oclock and marched
20 miles to the Main Colorado river where I camped.
July 16th 1877.
This morning was compelled to make a ford in order
to cross the wagons to the north side of the river, this
done at 7 Oclock A. M. broke camp, crossed and
marched up the river 20 miles where I went into
camp. I intended in this days march to find a suitable
point to establish a supply camp in which I was un-
July 17th 1877.
At 6-30 Oclock A. M. left camp and march in a North
easterly direction to Bull Creek, a distance of 15 miles,
where I found a suitable location and established my
supply camp. -This point is about 7 miles to the north
east of Muchaque Mountains. I here found a party of
twenty eight men encamped, formed into a company for
the purpose of following and recovering stock stolen
by Indians from them, from Buffalo Camps and other
points. They had with them for a guide a Mexican by
the name of Jose Anaya who had an extensive knowl-
edge of the staked plains, and who had formally been
a Guide with General Mackenzie in his scouts through
this country. The party requested me to accompany
them in their search for Indians, and having no Guide
with my command I was only too happy to accede to
their request, the object of the scout being, and my
orders were to assist civillians and to find and punish
all marauding Indians. I had every confidence in their
Guide (Jose) who was largely interested in finding
Indians he having lost stock himself. He informed
me that he was confident they could be found at Laguna
Sabinas or Double Lake, as this party had just re-
turned from a scout around Casa Maria, Caion Blanco
and Double Mountain fork of the Brazos where they
could find no recent signs of Indians.
July 18th 1877.
This day remained in camp. When I left Fort Concho,
my transportation Consisted of four six mule teams,
although my orders for eight Packmules in addition,
but owing to the few mules then at the Post I could
not obtain any pack mules. This morning I took the
8 leaders from the teams and sent the 4 wagons with
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