"Mackenzie's Raiders at Palo Duro"
"Mackenzie's Raiders at Palo Duro" - 24 x 36 - catalogue #3634 - original - make a bid - Giclees available
Mackenzie at Palo Duro Canyon, stronghold of the Commanche. The Raiders entered the box canyon by the only trail in or out, an old goat trail that could only accommodate riders in single file. They killed only ten Commanche Braves, the rest started climbing the walls of the canyon. They also killed over one thousand head of horses, destroyed their food supply and the Buffalo Soldiers spent the better part of the day burning their teepees while dodging bullets and arrows from the Commanches on the canyon walls above them. The "Lords of the Plains" were formidable opponents on horseback but without horses or food and no means to get either they were in serious trouble and they knew it. They had to march to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and surrender or starve. Their chief, Quana Parker didn't surrender at first but joined them later at Fort Sill. The bones of all those horses were visible for years after that battle.
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