Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 43 of 368
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BUFFALO CHASE-SWEET WATER CREEK-COMANCHE CAMPS-PREVAILING WINDSINDIANS
SEEN-METHOD OF ENCAMPING-WONDERFUL POWERS OF THE DELA"
WARES-BEAVER DAMS-KIOWAY CREEK.
June 7.-Taking two of the Indians this morning, I went out for the
purpose of making an examination of the surrounding country and
ascertaining whether good water could be found upon our route for our
next encampment. We had gone about three miles in a westerly direction,
when we struck a fresh buffalo track leading north; thinking we
might overtake him, we followed up the trace until we came near the
summit of an eminence upon the prairie, when I sent one of the Indians
(John Bull) to the top of the hill, which was about one-fourth of a mile
distant, to look for the animal. He had no sooner arrived at the point
indicated than we saw him make a signal for us to join him, by riding
around rapidly several times in a circle and immediately putting off at
full speed over the hills. We set out at the same instant upon a smart
gallop, and on reaching the crest of the hill discovered the terrified
animal fleeing at a most furious pace, with John Bull in hot pursuit
about fire hundred yards behind him. As we followed on down the
prairie we had a fine view of the chase. The Delaware was mounted
upon one of our most fractious and spirited horses, that had never seen
a buffalo before, and on coming near the animal he seemed perfectly
frantic with fear, making several desperate surges to the right and left,
any one of which must have inevitably unseated his rider had he not been
a most expert and skilful horseman. During the time the horse was
plunging and making such efforts to escape, John, while he controlled
him with masterly adroitness, seized an opportunity.and gave the buffalo
the contents of his rifle, breaking one of his fore-legs,.and somewhat
retarding his speed: he still kept on, however, making good running,
and it required all the strength of our horses to bring us alongside of
him. Before we came up our most excellent hunter, John Bull, had
recharged his rifle and placed another ball directly back of the shoulder;
but so tenacious of his life is this animal, that it was not until the other
Delaware and myself arrived and gave him four additional shots, that
we brought him to the ground. Packing the best pieces of the meat
upon our horses, we went on, and in a few miles found a spring-brook,
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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/m1/43/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .