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Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
October 09, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

Unidentified artistís sketch of Comanche horsemanship, circa 1850

On the 19th of May 1848 seventy-six fresh recruits were mustered on the parade ground at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Most of those young men were backwoods boys from the Missouri hills and being of solid frontier stock were somewhat prepared for the duty for which they had been recruited. Under the command of 1st Lieutenant William B. Royall these new recruits would be replenishing the decimated ranks of the Santa Fe battalion fighting the Mexicans...

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