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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
"The Wind Up"
Now we will trace this band of Indians to a finish.
General McKinzey, commanding the 4th Cavalry,
United States Army, had made a scout to near the
headwaters of the Clear fork of the Brazos River,
and had encountered nearly the whole tribe of the
Comanche Indians, in which he used them up pretty
badly. But, having only the 4th Cavalry with him,
his fight had just begun. They rallied and pursued
him for several days, making their attacks at night.
General McKinzey had captured the greater number
of their horses in the first engagement, and that fact
caused them to be more persistent. He also had some
prisoners. The Indians tried to stampede the horses
at night. McKinzey was a "born fighter" and the
4th Cavalry stood for anything he would undertake.
Seeing his men and horses were becoming exhausted,
he rounded up the Indian horses and had them shot
down in a pile. Then he resumed his march toward
Fort McKavett on the head of the San Saba River.
When his command reached the Concho River, coming
south, they spied two Indians coming to meet them.
It was open prairie and their escape was impossible,
so they "squared themselves" to fight the whole regiment.
But the fight didn't last long, with no casual
Here’s what’s next.
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