3 April 1880; Grandfalls, Texas: When Mescalero raiders stole horses from rancher Francis Rooney near the falls of the Pecos River, near present-day Grandfalls, Texas, 10th Cavalry detachments from Companies D and L, under Lt. Calvin Esterly, pursued them. The soldiers found a trail that led north through the sand hills east of the Pecos River, in present-day Ward and Loving Counties. The nearly waterless, three-day pursuit ended when, during a dust storm, Esterly hit the unsuspecting raiders. The soldiers killed one Indian and recovered eight head of stock.
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