The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 71
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Nolan's "Lost Nigger" Expedition of 1877
August 4th 1877.
Sergeant Allsup and 15 men of my Company who had
been left by me in charge of supply camp arrived at
this place in search of the Command, he having been
informed by Sergeant Umbles that the Command had
all perished. I now learned for the first time that this
Sergeant Umble's party and Corporal Gilmore and
party had reached supply Camp in safety, and that
Sergeant Umbles had ordered private Johnson to ac-
company himself and Corporal Gilmore to Fort Concho,
they taking fresh Horses belonging to men left at sup-
ply camp. Sergeant Allsup also reported that Sergeant
Umbles stated to him at the time of leaving Supply
Camp for Fort Concho that his object in going there
was to get a commissioned officer to come out and take
charge of the remnant of the Company. Immediately
after hearing this report, I sent two couriers to Fort
Concho by way of supply camp, with a penciled com-
munication to the Post Adjutant, giving a rough state-
ment as to the condition of my Command, and that all
statements made by Sergeant Umbles to the contrary
would be false.-In the afternoon of this Day the scout
sent out yesterday by Captain Lee to Laguna Sabinas
returned and reported signs of Indians, which was
supposed to be that of Quania and Party returning to
August 5th 1877.
At 6 Oclock A. M. I broke Camp and proceeded to-
wards supply Camp, being accompanied by Captain
Lee's Command, marched to the brakes of Double Moun-
tain fork of the Brazos, a distance of 33 miles, arriving
there at sun down, owing to the Guides missing the
water holes we were compelled to make a dry camp.
August 6th 1877.
At 6 Oclock A. M. left Camp and marched to supply
camp on Bull Creek where we arrived at 12 O'clock
"M," a distance of 20 miles during this march; from
Double Lake to my Supply Camp, the animal were
without water 28 hours. This afternoon Asst. Surgeon
J. H. T. King, Lieut. R. G. Smither, Adjutant 10 Cav-
alry, and Lieut. Wallace Lear 25th Infantry, with a
portion of the 10 Cavalry Band with two Ambulances
arrived from Fort Concho in search of my Command
and to render any assistance in their power, they hav-
ing acted upon the false statements and reports of
Sergeant Umbles and Corporal Gilmore, when they
came into Fort Concho.
On my arrival at Supply Camp I received a telegram
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