Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle's behavior before the Washita campaign
TO (PEACEFULLY) CLEAN OUT THE COUNTRY
"The bands of Black Kettle, Little Raven and Satanta are well known to us, and are the same that have been along the Smoky Hills the past five years, and as General Sheridan reports embrace the very men who first began this war on the Saline and Solomon River [massacres of civilians by Black Kettle's warriors in Kansas]."
General Sherman to the US Department of War, 1868
"[In September 1868], as [Black Kettle's] warriors passed through Kiowa and Comanche camps in their way north, some of the warriors called on all the Indians to join them on the warpath, for "that next spring the Sioux and other northern bands were coming down and would clean out this entire country." (...)
The hostile attitude of Black Kettle's warriors worried (Colonel) Hazen, for Fort Cobb offered little protection in case of attack."
Dr. Paul A. Hutton, Phil Sheridan and his army, University of Oklahoma Press, 1999, page 59
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