The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 64
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4 mules each to Fort Concho for additional supply of
Rations and forage. During all this day the command
was actively engaged in making preparations for a
20 days scout.
July 19th 1877.
At about 5 Oclock P. M. all arrangements having been
completed, left camp, the command now consisted of
myself, 1st Lieut C. S. Cooper and 40 enlisted men
and 22 of the citizen party. In charge of the supply
camp I left Sergeant Allsup, 19 enlisted men and a
few of the citizens, taking care of their own trans-
portation.-This day I marched to the main prong of
the Colorado river a distance of 15 miles, where I made
a dry camp for the night.
July 20th 1877.
At 5 Oclock A. M. started and marched to the Head
of Tobacco Creek a distance of 15 miles where I
July 21st 1877.
At 7 Oclock A. M. left camp and marched 8 miles to a
point on Tobacco Creek, where we halted, were de-
ciding to make a night march to Laguna Sabinas. At
about 4 O'clock P. M. Quimia a Quahada Chief of the
Comanche tribe came into my camp and produced a
pass from the Indian Agent at Fort Sill I. T. dated
July 12th 1877 which was countersigned by Colonel
R. S. Mackenzie 4th Cavalry, commanding Fort Sill.
The pass authorized him and party to be absent from
the reservation forty days; the purport of the pass
seemed to indicate that they were on a mission for the
purpose of inducing and to bring back Indians that
had left the reservations; being perfectly satisfied that
the pass was genuine, and finding that he and party
were liberally supplied with Government Horses,
Equipments, Arms, Ammunition, and Rations, I did
not feel authorized in detaining him. At 7:30 Oclock
P. M. I left this halting place and proceeded on to
Laguna Sabinas a distance of 50 miles, arriving there
at 8 O'clock on the morning of July 22nd and went
into camp on the ground where Lieut. Colonel Shafter
24 Infantry had his supply camp, in 1875, here I found
great difficulty in obtaining water for the command,-
was compelled to dig several holes and dip out the
water with small tin cups, and securing it in Camp
Kettles, in order to obtain enough for men and ani-
mals. This was a long and tedious job. I here remained
in Camp during this day.
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