A Reevaluation of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson’s Trans-Pecos Campaign against Victorio, July–August 1880

A Reevaluation of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson’s Trans-Pecos Campaign against Victorio,... Article By Robert N. Watt* n the summer of 1880, elements of the Tenth U.S. Cavalry regiment and Pueblo Indian scouts commanded by Col. Benjamin H. Grierson confronted Chihenne and Mescalero Apaches led by Bi-DuYa, better known as Victorio, in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.1 Previous scholarship regarding Grierson's operations can be summarized as follows: having extensively surveyed the Trans Pecos between 1877 and 1879, Grierson was able to outmaneuver Victorio by picketing the known waterholes and passes and fend off Apache probes at Tinaja de las Palmas (July 30) and Rattlesnake Springs (August 6), which prevented the latter's * Robert N. Watt is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. His publications include the articles "Victorio's Military and Political Leadership of the Warm Springs Apaches," War in History 18 (November 2011) and "`Horses Worn to Mere Shadows': The Effects of Campaigning against Apaches upon the Ninth U.S. Cavalry Regiment in New Mexico Territory, 1879­1881," New Mexico Historical Review 86 (Spring 2011); he is also the author of Apache Warrior, 1860­86 (Osprey Publishing, 2014) and Apache Tactics 1830­86 (Osprey Publishing, 2012). He would like to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

A Reevaluation of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson’s Trans-Pecos Campaign against Victorio, July–August 1880

Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 118 (3) – Feb 13, 2015

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Article By Robert N. Watt* n the summer of 1880, elements of the Tenth U.S. Cavalry regiment and Pueblo Indian scouts commanded by Col. Benjamin H. Grierson confronted Chihenne and Mescalero Apaches led by Bi-DuYa, better known as Victorio, in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.1 Previous scholarship regarding Grierson's operations can be summarized as follows: having extensively surveyed the Trans Pecos between 1877 and 1879, Grierson was able to outmaneuver Victorio by picketing the known waterholes and passes and fend off Apache probes at Tinaja de las Palmas (July 30) and Rattlesnake Springs (August 6), which prevented the latter's * Robert N. Watt is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. His publications include the articles "Victorio's Military and Political Leadership of the Warm Springs Apaches," War in History 18 (November 2011) and "`Horses Worn to Mere Shadows': The Effects of Campaigning against Apaches upon the Ninth U.S. Cavalry Regiment in New Mexico Territory, 1879­1881," New Mexico Historical Review 86 (Spring 2011); he is also the author of Apache Warrior, 1860­86 (Osprey Publishing, 2014) and Apache Tactics 1830­86 (Osprey Publishing, 2012). He would like to

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