The following excerpt is from the book, Sentinel of the Southern
Plains, by Allen Lee Hamilton.
"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."