The following excerpt is from the book, Sentinel of the Southern
Plains, by Allen Lee Hamilton and published by TCU Press.
"In September, (1870) Colonel Oakes ordered Companies A, D, and
G of the Sixth and Company K, Eleventh Infantry, under the command of
Major R. M. Morris, to establish a temporary camp on the East Fork of
the Little Wichita River, some ten miles northeast of Buffalo Springs.
Named Camp Wichita, it was intended as a forward base of operations
against those Indian raiders coming from the reservation who, Oakes
believed, made up the major percentage of the depredators. Camp Wichita
was also intended to silence some of the criticism being voiced by settlers
about the inability of the soldiers of Richardson to protect the frontier.
As Oakes wrote to the assistant adjutant general of the Department of
Texas: "This is the best I can do for the country between the Red
& Brazos Rivers during the grass season."