The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 69
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Nolan's "Lost Nigger" Expedition of 1877
powerless to move until after sun down when we again
got started, and marched a distance of 15 miles to
Double Lake, arriving there at about four (4) Oclock
A. M. July 30th at our last halting place was obliged
to abandon a private Horse of Lieut. Cooper, and 7
Company Horses, 3, of these Company Horses were
killed and their blood distributed among the men, all
surplus rations and property that could not be taken
was abandoned, also at this halt 2 mules stampeded.
Up to our arrival at Double Lake the Command had
been without water Eighty six (86) hours. On my
arrival at Double Lake I found Sergeant Thompson
and six men who the day previous I had sent in ad-
vance to Double Lake; five Horses of this party
dropped dead on the way; as soon as I reached this
water two men were sent back on the trail with Can-
teens filled to meet three men who had straggled, and
when last seen were in the vicinity of this Camp
(Double Lake) and also had instructions to render as-
sistance to other men coming in. These two men sent
out with water returned and reported to me that they
were unable to find any trace of these stragglers. I
immediately after this sent out other parties in dif-
ferent directions, who made dilligent search for them,
but without success.-In the evening of this day two
men who had straggled from the Command came into
Camp, one of these men lost his Horse and Equip-
During the day a party was sent to the last camp
to bring in some of the rations, which had been aban-
doned. This party during this trip allowed the pack
mule to escape from them, but it afterwards came back
to camp, the men returning without accomplishing
July 31st 1877.
I remained in camp, at about day light sent a detail
with 2 pack mules back to my last camp, for rations,
they returning in the afternoon with an abundant sup-
ply. About 11 O'clock A. M. this day Captain P. L.
Lee, with his Company "G" 10 U. S. Cavalry, with a
party of Tonkawa Indian scouts came into my camp,
and upon learning my situation immediately tendered
me all the assistance in his power. One of his wagons
was at once unloaded and with a party of men and
Indian Scouts were dispatched on my back trail with
an abundance of water, in order to pick up stragglers
and all abandoned property, the scouts were particu-
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