The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 73
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Nolan's "Lost Nigger" Expedition of 1877
to Fort Concho, arriving there at about 9 Oclock A. M.
In conclusion I have to state that had water been
found in places where former scouts obtained it in
abundance, without a doubt this scout would have been
successful, resulting in the capture of not only the
Indians on whose trail we were, but possibly would
have found other marauders.
At the points before referred to as having been the
Camp's of Lieut. Colonel Shafter in 1875, and where I
am credibly informed at that time, large bodies of
fresh water existed. On this scout it was obtained
only by great labor in digging, and then it was brackish
and unfit to drink.
My Command after leaving the head of Concho river,
encountered many difficulties in finding water, as all
the springs and water holes, where heretofore plenty
could be found, were dried up; from these facts, and
other signs observed during the scout, I am of the
opinion that but very few Indians are East of the
Staked Plains, and those only in parties of from two
During my absence from Supply Camp Sergeant
Allsup informs me, that on four occasions, three In-
dians attempted to steal the stock, but owing to his
vigilance, they were unsuccessful.
The Conduct of the men generally was exemplary,
with the Exceptions of the three non-Commissioned
officers already referred to.
The missing men had they have obeyed my orders,
would have reached water as soon as the Command
I exceedingly regret the loss of these men, but under
the circumstances no blame can be attached to any one
but themselves.-After reaching water every effort in
my power was made to rescue them. I am of the
opinion that had the men been able to have remained
on their horses, I could have reached water at least
thirty six hours sooner, and that all of the men and
Horses would have been saved.
I am greatly indebted to Captain Lee 10 Cavalry who
rendered me such valuable assistance, in saving men
and property. Only for his assistance a large amount
of Public Property would have been abandoned.
I have also to thank Dr King, and Lieut's Smither
and Lear for the zeal displayed by them in coming to
So far as the reports as to myself and command be-
ing lost, I would state that they are without any
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