My next blog entry remains in progress but covers the Battle for Lyman's Wagon Train. Here is a small bit of history from the occasion to supplement what will come on that engagement.
On the 10th of September, 1874 Captain Wyllis Lyman found himself surrounded by several hundred Comanche and Kiowa warriors. The wagon train formed into corral, his men dug in for the siege, only the water on hand, Lyman sent the folllowing polite understatement of a plea for help to Colonel Lewis at Camp Supply:
In the field near Washita river
3 o'clock, p.m. Sept 10, 1874
I have the honor to report that I am corralled by Comanches, two miles north of the Washita on Gen'l Miles trail. We have been engaged since yesterday morning, having moved since first firing, about 12 miles. I consider it injudicious to attempt to proceed further, in view of the importance of my train, and the broken ground ahead. It was nearly stampeded yesterday. commnication with Gen'l Miles is closed. My scout very properly will not return.
Lt. Lewis is dangerously wounded through the knee and I think he will die if he has no medical assistance. The Assistant Wagoner McCoy is mortally wounded, I fear. Sergeant DeArmon, Co I, 5th Infantry is killed, a dozen mules disabled.
I think I may properly ask quick aid especially for Lieut. Lewis, a most valuable officer. I have only a small pool of rain water for the men which will dry up today.
I estimate the number of Indians vaguely at several hundred (as Lieut. Baldwin did), whom we have punished somewhat.
Scout Marshall, who left Camp Supply, I am told, has not reached me.
I have but twelve mounted men - West made a pretty charge with them yesterday.
Your Obedient Servant,
Capt. 5th Infantry
Commdg. Train Guard