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Lone Wolf’s Revenge Raid Road Trip

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North on 16, in 1875, Houston Bevers and three others chased six or seven Indians from the Keechi to Flat Top Mountain. Fire was exchanged and a horse and maybe a raider were killed.

In June of 1874, James K. P. Wright and another J. C. Loving cowboy were moving a herd of cattle when Wright was charged and killed by Indians, two miles west of Jermyn. He was on a fast horse and in his over-confidence, tried to make it a race, something the Indians seldom lost. His saddle was found northwest of the community of Farmer some twenty years later.

In the fall of 1863, a squad of Newt White's Ranger Company was riding patrol between Fort Belknap and the Ranger Camp at Lost Valley when they encountered four Indians. James Dozier led the fighting that cost three of the Indians their lives.

One spring night in 1870, Fort Worth rancher J. B. Terrell and about ten of his cowhands were camped at the Lost Valley pens when they were hit by Indian raiders who got away with about forty-five head of horses. Bob Durrett was riding guard and was swept up with the stolen herd but managed to grab an overhanging limb and escape, though the Indians got his horse and saddle. The rusty old veteran of the Civil War said that this close call was more dangerous than anything he had experienced in the eastern battlefields. Ten days later, these cowboys were more alert when the same raiders hit them again. This time, the cowboys recovered a dozen horses.

July 10th, 1874, the day before Lone Wolf's Revenge Raid, a handful of Loving's cowboys were working at pens west of the ranch house when they were attacked by a dozen Comanche warriors. The hot fire scattered the attackers but a cowboy named John Heath was mortally wounded and buried at the ranch, as were the Kiowa victims the next day.

 

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