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Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
August 29, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Photo: Kiowa ledger art depicting the Buffalo Wallow battle of 1874. The image is in the public domain.

As the first visible arc of the rising sun pushed against the bounds of a dark horizon and the soft pink light of pre-dawn spread across the north Texas Plains, nearly one thousand Kiowa, Comanche and Cheyenne warriors seemed to erupt from the earth. Like lava pouring from the cauldron of the blazing, morning sun they swept forward in a mass of rage and revenge against the buffalo hunters at Adobe walls.

Had it not been for the cr...

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