Without Quarter: The Wichita Expedition and the Fight on by William Y. Chalfant

By William Y. Chalfant

With out zone is the tale of the 1st significant U.S. military day trip opposed to the Comanches among the Mexican and Civil wars. past due in 1858, less than the management of Captain (Brevet significant) Earl Van Dorn, devices of the second one Cavalry marched north shape citadel Belknap, Texas, and proven a brief publish, Camp Radziminski, on the southwest fringe of the Wichita Mountains. Scouring the rustic north, east, and west looking for Comanches, the Wichita day trip caused significant engagements, referred to as the conflict on the Wichita Village and the conflict of Crooked Creek. throughout the latter struggle, the warriors killed or captured the entire population of a Comanche village.William Y. Chalfant provides an in depth account of the day trip, first environment the ancient context, then tracing occasions to the climax at Crooked Creek on may possibly thirteen, 1859.

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Often small parties of rangers became the quarry of large war parties of Indians, and the Comanche raids continued unabated. 16 By 1840 the government of Texas, under Mirabeau Lamar, was willing to make peace with the Comanches, provided they could be induced to stop raiding, stay away from frontier settlements, and permit whites to homestead the country up to the edge of the buffalo plains. But they also had to recognize Texas sovereignty, a European concept of which Comanches had no understanding.

But they also had to recognize Texas sovereignty, a European concept of which Comanches had no understanding. Texas did not recognize Indians as autonomous peoples, regarding them as trespassers at will on lands claimed by the republiclands occupied by Comanches for nearly one hundred years before Anglo-American settlers arrived. What Plains Indians saw as a war to protect their lands and food supply, Texans saw as simple murder, rape, and robbery. 17 The halfhearted effort to make peace led instead to Page 13 enlarged war.

Held on March 19, 1840, the council was attended by Mook-war-ruh (Spirit Talker), an important civil chief, and twelve war chiefs. Including families, there were sixty-five Comanches in all. When the military commission representing the republic demanded release of all captives before starting the council, old Mook-war-ruh responded that, except for two brought with them, the others were in the hands of different bands (partly true) over which the Penateka chiefs had no jurisdiction, but that they could be ransomed.

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