Interesting Read!

With the presence of the Second United States Cavalry
in Texas the Army no longer maintained merely a passive
patrol system as practiced since the Mexican War. Company
commanders now kept as many patrols in the field as
possible to discover any sign of Indians, then trail them
relentlessly to bring them to battle.33 The Second Cavalry
took to the field just as the frequency of raids by
northern Comanches and Kiowas increased. The state-federal
response brought another company of Rangers into service,
confined the settled Indians to the reservations and
declared all Indians outside the reservations hostile, and
unleashed the Second Cavalry in offensive action against

the raiders. 3 4 For several months afterward., in the spring
of 1856, the frontier was as peaceful as it had been at any
time since the Texas Revolution, a condition attributed by
at least one Texan, Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors, to
the presence of the Second United States Cavalry. 3 5
The peace would be short-lived. In the winter of
1856-1857 the frontier once again ignited in warfare from
war parties of northern Comanches going from, their lands in
Kansas to raid in Mexico and back again. One of Major
Neighbors’s agents, John Robert Baylor, not only stated
that the reservation Indians were not responsible for the
attacks, but that they enquired of him why other Indians
were allowed to roam at will seemingly without being
punished. 36 The year 1857 opened with a marked increase in
Indian attacks, most of which occurred north and east of
the site of raids in previous years. With the line of the
Rio Grande better protected the Indians in many instances

On 9 August Pike concluded a peace
treaty with four bands of Comanches, including some of the
very Indians with whom McCulloch just treated. Pike
earnestly believed that if Texans would only have patience
that all the Comanches could be brought in to reservations.