22 April 1869; Southeastern New Mexico: On 9 April an expedition composed of Companies A, F, and H, 3rd Cavalry, and Company I, 37th Infantry, left Fort Stanton to search for renegade Apaches. The party scouted through the Sacramento Mountains and down the Rio Penasco toward the Pecos. After establishing a supply camp at Rio Azul, the expedition turned south into the Guadalupe Mountains.
In Sangre Canyon the expedition attacked a rancheria and wounded five Apaches, suffering no casualties themselves. The soldiers recovered 19 stolen horses and a $500 check.