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On This Day: In 1840

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On This Day: In 1840

Post  MISPLACEDBUCKEYE on Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:35 pm

On This Day: In 1840 a group of Comanche and Kiowa led by Chief Buffalo Hump were massacred on Plum Creek, near present-day Lockhart, Texas. General Felix Huston and troops opened fire on the Comanche and Kiowa, killing over 86 warriors. The massacre at Plum Creek was an aftermath of the Council House Fight, in which many of the Comanche chiefs, their women, and warriors were killed. The Comanche had come to the Council House for treaty talks, but were misled as Texan officials demanded more than the Comanche could possibly provide. As a result of the Texan’s killing Comanche chiefs during treaty negotiations, Chief Buffalo Hump began to raid eastern Texas, primarily for horses, which led to General Felix Huston and troops pursuing and eventually massacring them. The treaty negotiations were aimed at acquiring Comanche land and forcing them onto reservations, which the Comanche did not want to do.
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