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Re: Second Battle of Adobe Walls
Posted by John on Friday, 19 July 2019, at 9:57 p.m., in response to Second Battle of Adobe Walls, posted by Jeffrey Hooper on Friday, 19 July 2019, at 9:17 p.m.
Adobe Walls was a trading post and later a ranch (according to Wikipedia, and a quick skim of Baker et al "Adobe Walls: The History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post" which is partially available on line in digital form. Back arond page 132 they mention erection of an Indian memorial on the site, some grave sites and historic markers, etc in the 1920s-40s. A site like this, even run down and abandoned would be a natural stopping point (presumably with a water supply nearby) for ranchers, cattle drives, military maneuvers, etc. Therefore I think the claim the site was unoccupied from August 1874 to 1975 is not credible.
There might not have been an equivalent size trading compound with multiple buildings fully occupied, but that is far from claiming that no human visitation could have deposited additional artifacts in the area in the weeks, month, years or decades after the famous battle.
By August 1874 it is unlikely that any significant number of .45 colt pistols or .45-70 rifles/carbines were in civilian hands wandering around rural Texas. Not totally impossible, but probably a lot less likely than civilian or military folks passed that way over the next 10-20 years.
Presence or absence of headstamps on the discovered cartridge cases might help date them.
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