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Native Americans

Major Ben Beall And the Kiowas, Comanches and Cheyennes

January 17, 2014

Benjamin Lloyd Beall was born at Ft. Adams in Rhode Island in the year 1800. His father, Lloyd Beall, was a career officer, who in 1814, was a Major of Artillery stationed at Ft. McHenry. On March 25, 1814, at age thirteen years and five months, Ben was admitted to West Point. Beall would later [...]

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The Death of Trooper Gaskill

December 26, 2012

During the Mexican War `Lieutenant John Love recruited George Gaskill, at Edinburgh, Indiana, on April 17, 1847. The 5’8″, fair complected trooper was 21 years of age and trained as a clerk. He was slain by the Comanches in a battle taking place June 26, 1847, at Coon Creeks on the Santa Fe Trail. George [...]

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Beall’s 1849 Expedition

October 15, 2011

  Maj. Ben Beall to Lt. John Dickerson, 2d Arty., AAAG, Head Quarters, 9th Military Dist. Don Fernando de Taos, NM, March 12, 1849 Sir, Agreeably to a letter of instructions from Head Quarters 9th Mily Department, dated 27th January 1849, directing me to “proceed as soon as possible to the country inhabited by the [...]

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REPORT: Dragoon Expedition 1839

June 27, 2010

ARMY AND NAVY CHRONICLE, Vol. IX, No. 18, October 31, 1839 (Whole Number 263) DRAGOON EXPEDITION. Fort Leavenworth, Oct. 3, 1839. Mr. Editor: During that portion of the year in which the prairie grass will sustain horses, it has been customary at this post to detach squadrons or troops, monthly, on a march of reconnaissance [...]

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Clash at the Coon Creeks: Lt. John Love’s Report of 27 June, 1847

February 8, 2005

Camp on the “Arkansas,” June 27, 1847. Sir: I have the honor to report, that company “B,” 1st dragoons, marched from Fort Leavenworth on the 7th instant, to join the army in New Mexico, escorting some three hundred and fifty thousand dollars– government funds. On our arrival at “Pawnee Fork,” (about three hundred miles from [...]

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