Carbine and Lance: The Story of Old Fort Sill by Wilbur Sturtevant Nye

By Wilbur Sturtevant Nye

Castle Sill, positioned within the center of the outdated Kiowa-Comanche Indian kingdom in southwestern Oklahoma, is understood to a contemporary iteration because the box Artillery tuition of the U.S. military. To scholars of yankee frontier historical past, it really is referred to as the point of interest of 1 of the main fascinating, dramatic, and sustained sequence of conflicts within the documents of western warfare.From 1833 until eventually 1875, in a theater of motion extending from Kansas to Mexico, the strife used to be nearly uninterrupted. The U.S. military, defense force of Kansas, Texas Rangers, and white pioneers and investors at the one hand have been arrayed opposed to the fierce and heroic bands of the Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Arapahoes, and Kiowa-Apaches at the other.The savage skirmishes with the southwestern Indians ahead of the Civil warfare supplied many military officials with one of those education which was once vital to them in that later, lengthy clash. whilst hostilities ceased, males like Sherman, Sheridan, stay clear of, Custer, and Grierson back resumed the cruel box of guerrilla war opposed to their Indian foes, tricky, tough, lusty, combatants, between whom the peace pipe had ceased to have greater than a ceremonial significance.With the inauguration of the so-called Quaker Peace coverage in the course of President Grant’s first management, the arms of the military have been tied. The fortress Sill reservation grew to become a spot of shelter for the marauding fingers which went forth unmolested to coach in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico. The toll in human lifestyles reached such proportions that the govt. ultimately grew to become the southwestern Indians over to the military for self-discipline, and an enduring cost of the bands used to be accomplished by way of 1875.From wide learn, conversations with either Indian and white eye witnesses, and his familiarity with Indian lifestyles and military affairs, Captain Nye has written an unforgettable account of those stirring time. The delineation of personality and the reconstruction of colourful scenes, so frequently absent in ancient writing, are to be discovered right here in abundance. His Indians are made to reside back: his scenes of publish existence might have been written in simple terms by way of a military guy.

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Part of the way his trail followed the divide between the Canadian and the Washita. The road thus made was still visible in 1868. 1 Report of Lieutenant J. W. Abert, Senate Document 438, Twenty-ninth Congress, first session, pp. 50-51 (Washington, 1856). Page 17 A tragic by-product of the gold rush was the introduction of Asiatic cholera into the plains. The disease spread to the Kiowas and Comanches. They say that 1849 was the most terrible period which they can remember. More than half of them perished, and the survivors were utterly terrified.

The whole tribe was aroused. 2 The Osages, being armed with flintlocks secured from white traders on the Missouri, were feared by the Kiowas. Several days passed but no enemy appeared. The alarm subsided. The big war party which had been planning the expedition against the Utes departed, leaving the camp guarded mostly by old men and young boys. The people who were left decided to divide the village into several groups and disperse. One part moved south toward the present site of Mountain Park, on Otter Creek.

50-51 (Washington, 1856). Page 17 A tragic by-product of the gold rush was the introduction of Asiatic cholera into the plains. The disease spread to the Kiowas and Comanches. They say that 1849 was the most terrible period which they can remember. More than half of them perished, and the survivors were utterly terrified. Since that time the total population of these two tribes has been less than three thousand souls. Fort Washita was established on the lower Washita in 1842 to assist Fort Gibson and Fort Towson in protecting the civilized tribes from wild Indians to the west and white meddlers from the south.

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