Publication: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991, Norman and London
First edition. 8vo. Cloth, titles stamped in black on the spine, xiv, 170 pp., foreword, prologue, illustrated, plates, maps, epilogue, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. The story of the first major U. S. army expedition against the Comanches between the Mexican and Civil wars. The Comanches had retaliated against travelers on the Santa Fe Trail and raided along the Texas frontier and deep into northern Mexico because white settlers entered their country slaughtering bison and generally dispossessing the inhabitants. Late in 1858, under the leadership of Captain (Brevet Major) Earl Van Dorn, units of the Second Cavalry marched north from Fort Belknap, Texas, and established a temporary post, Camp Radziminski, at the southwest edge of the Wichita Mountains. Scouring the country north, east, and west in search of Comanches, the Wichita Expedition precipitated two major engagements, known as the Battle at the Wichita Village and the Battle of Crooked Creek. As new, unread copy in dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 49564