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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
The trail went down a tributary of the Saline about
two miles and turned abruptly up another tributary
of the same stream, making a V, and leading back
northwest to the prairie again. Within two miles of
their turn, I came in sight of them. They were riding
leisurely and saw us coming about the time we
discovered them, but did not attempt to run. I saw
they were going to give us a fight. I had time to talk
my men down into perfect calmness. I impressed
Upon them not to over shoot the enemy, but rather to
aim low and kill the horses in preference to missing
When we reached nearly within firing distance of
them, their commander was riding with their rear file
and quickly gave his horse a cut and raced to the head
of the column. Facing the men about, left into line,
they were spaced at proper intervals. It was as pretty
a military movement as I ever saw. At that moment
I broke column left into line and took intervals, but
did not check my speed.
They fired on us, but I did not return the fire, but
kept on the charge until we were in easy pistol shot
of them, when I ordered a halt and dismounted. They
expected us to charge into them, as that is their favorite
way of fighting, horseback.
Our respective positions threw their commander
on the right of his men and myself on the left of mine.
I did not dismount myself, and seeing the Indian commander
make a movement toward me, I met him half
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