Fort Clark Troops Battle Kiowa-Comanche War Party, 1873
In November of 1873, thirty Kiowa and Comanche warriors crossed the
Rio Grande west of Laredo and killed fourteen Mexicans before turning
home with two boy captives and 150 horses and mules. As they pushed
their stolen herd north they killed two Americans. The two Mexican boys
managed to escape and took the story of their capture to Fort Clark.
On December 7 a forty-one man scouting party under Lieutenant Charles
L. Hudson intercepted the Indians. In a running fight the soldiers killed
nine members of the war party. Among the dead were the favorite son
of Lone Wolf and a nephew. From this point on, Lone Wolf knew only hatred
for the whites.