I've been trying to track down the exact spot at which the Col Mackenzie attacked the Comanches that were hiding out in Palo Duro Canyon and then killed 1400 of their horses.
I've been told that it is in the popular part of the canyon while others seem to think that it was in the southern part of the canyon that now is under a lake.
Any input from the experts?
Among the Comanches MacKinzie was called Eagle Chief Broken Hand, because he was missing a couple of fingers on one hand. After the Palo Duro fight they added 'Pony Killer' to that.
Incidentally, his mother was a Slidell from Lousiana & his middle name was Slidell. His uncle was the 'Slidell' of the 'Mason-Slidell incident' that nearly brought Britain into the war on the side of the Confederacy when the US Navy stopped a British ship carrying the two Confederate diplomats and kidnapped them. Slidell, Louisiana is named for his mother's family.
The killing of the Indian horses was not an uncommon action. It happened to most of the more warlike nations, including the Navajo. Carson's men killed every Navajo horse they came across in addition to sheep and other livestock while sweeping through Canyon de Chelly.
Even back in the days of the Mountian men, it was common. One group, led I believe by Tom Fitzpatrick attacked a band of Blackfeet, killing over 200 horses.
Destroying the horses was the most sure means to stop attacks from the hostile tribes.
In 1999 I took a trip back to my roots and when cruising around Palo Duro I encountered a roadside placard that explained the battle that took place there. Regretfully, I can't remember exactly where it was, but it definitely was not under water.