While this isn’t really a Caddo story, it is noteworthy for several reasons.
First of all, it’s a reminder that there were many tribes in the general area and some were far less friendly and civilized than the Choctaws and Chickasaws.
Second, it’s an example of how news was spread across the country. Read the first sentence carefully and then look again at the source of this item. Time after time I find articles about events in Indian Territory in eastern newspapers and their source is almost always the Caddo newspaper or a person from Caddo who has reported back to his hometown friends and relatives.
Third, this is just another example of a person who disappeared and was probably never heard from again. Very few Indian captives ever returned to their families. Sometimes people traveling across the plains were killed and nothing left behind in their belongings even hinted at their names.
The Public Ledger (Memphis, TN)
July 18, 1874
Indian War on the Plains
St. Louis, July 18- The Republican has a special from Kansas City giving an extract from a telegram from Caddo, Indian Territory, to the Kansas City Times, to the effect that a fight occurred between the Sixth Cavalry, under Col. Carpenter, and a large body of Comanches, thirty miles west of Fort Sill. Colonel Carpenter was badly wounded, and six of his men were killed. The loss on the Indian side is unknown. After the fight the Indians came upon a stage keeper and his wife, killing, scalping, skinning, and most shockingly mutilating the body of the keeper in the presence of his wife. The woman was carried into captivity. The latest accounts of the Indians is that they attacked a party of wood-choppers and, it was feared, killed them all. The dates of these fights are not given.