Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 42 of 368
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poles for the frame-work of the lodges can be procured, they invariably
transport them from place to place, by attaching them to each side of
the pack-horses, with one end trailing upon the ground. These leave
parallel marks upon the soft earth after they have passed, and enable
one at once to determine whether the trail is made by a war party or
otherwise. The Comanches, during the past year, have not been
friendly with the Delawares and Shawnees; and although there has as
yet been no organized demonstration of hostilities, they have secretly
killed several men, and in consequence our hunters entertain a feeling
of revenge towards them. They, however, go out alone every day upon
their hunts, are frequently six or eight miles from the command, and
seem to have no fears of the Comanches, as they are liable to encounter
them at any moment; and being so poorly mounted that they could
not escape, their only alternative would be to act on the defensive. I
have cautioned them upon the subject several times, but they say that
they are not afraid to meet any of the prairie Indians, provided the
odds are not greater than six to one. They are well.armed with good
rifles-the use of which they understand perfectly-are intelligent,
active, and brave, and in my opinion will ere long take ample satisfaction
upon the Comanches for every one of their nation that falls by
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/42/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .