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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Viewing Out A Road
Within six weeks after our Staked Plains skirmish
our Adjutant General, Wm. Steele, received a requisition
from Col. Klitz, commanding the post at Fort
licKavett, asking for a man to go with a detachment
of U. S. soldiers to view out a road from Fort McKavett
to Fort Stockton: Fort McKavett was at the
head springs of the San Saba River, and Fort Stockton
was 26 miles west of the Pecos River, and opposite the
old Horsehead crossing. The fact had become pretty
generally known, that the Rangers traveled without a
map, or compass. Their reckonings were made by the
Stm, and North star, taking into consideration the
main rivers that run through the state, from north to
south and the relative distance between them.
Lieutenant Bottsford of the regular army, was in
command of the detachment to view out the road.
General Steele ordered us to furnish the guide, and I
detailed Sergeant Ed. Seiker to go with them. Sergeant
Seiker having been with me in the Plains fight,
when we were led to these big lakes by the Indians,
and being as good as a Comanche on direction.
He started out to lead them through. Sergeant
Seiker had a keen sense of the ridiculous, and told
me of the great praise he had heard of himself from
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