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. Evans. The other, consisting of seven troops of the Fifth Cavalry, and commanded by Brevet Brigadier-General Eugene A. Carr, was to march southeast from Fort Lyon; the intention being that Evans and Carr should destroy or drive in toward old Fort Cobb any straggling bands that might be prowling through the country west of my own line of march; Carr, as he advanced, to be joined by Brevet Brigadier-General W. H. Penrose, with five troops of cavalry already in the field southeast of Lyon. Theown and Carr's columns, and in addition directed subsistence and forage for three months to be sent to Fort Gibson for final delivery at Fort Arbuckle, as I expected to feed the command from this place when we arrived in the neighborhood of old Fort Cobb, but through some mismanagement few of these stores got further than Gibson before winter came on. November I, all being ready, Colonel Crawford was furnished with competent guides, and, after sending two troops to Fort Dodge to act as my e
em into the Witchita Mountains from near old Fort Cobb. The snow was still deep everywhere, and whe Indian trail which led in the direction of Fort Cobb, but before going far it was found that the r, which proved to be from General Hazen, at Fort Cobb. The letter showed that Hazen was carrying ians, and stated that all the tribes between Fort Cobb and my column were friendly, but the intimatt Hazen's letter provided they all came into Fort Cobb and gave themselves up, the two chiefs promid faith, proposed to accompany the column to Fort Cobb with a large body of warriors, while their e Wolf, if their people did not surrender at Fort Cobb within forty-eight hours. The two chiefs proaped, and some of these made their way in to Fort Cobb, to join the rest of their tribe in confinemed, through their Comanche-Apache friends at Fort Cobb, that they would like to make terms. On recch along the Washita, and during our stay at Fort Cobb, they had learned to protect themselves mate[2 more...]