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Revealing the Mystery (CEC)

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Pope, John, 1822-1892.

From the Red River to the Rio Grande from explorations and surveys made under the direction of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War by Captain John Pope, Corps Topl. Engrs. assisted by Lieutenant Kenner Gerrard, 1st Dragoons, 1854-6.

[Washington, D.C., 1859]

The presence of the US Army and its line of forts and posts, with associated patrols and expeditions, soon lifted the veil on what had been the mysterious geography of Comancheria.  Now US troops knew where the reliable water could be found and where landmarks provided useful navigation points for crossing this cast territory.  Click image for a closer look.