26 February 1873; Tucumcari, New Mexico: The Cheyenne White Eagle led 17 warriors into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico Territory, looking for Utes. Unsuccessful, they were returning to the reservation when on the Canadian River, they were attacked by soldiers and civilians. One Cheyenne was killed and one mortally wounded, including White Eagle. Their attackers pressed the Cheyennes so hard that they had to leave their badly injured man behind. .