Battle of Palo Duro Canyon

Francis Supnet 7th

About The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon

It happened on september 28, 1874 and was the most decisive battle of the Red River Campaign. The canyon was a favorite campground to Plains Indians so the Fourth Cavalry, under the comand of Colonel Ronald S. Mackenzie, set fire to the Comanche, Kowa, and Cheyenne villages. Only a few lives were lost and Colonel Mackenzie killed more than 1,000 horses to prevent the Native Americans from geting them, so without food ,horses, and shelter the Native Americans could not survive for long. By November most of the indian groups made their way to the reservations.

People Who Were In The Battle

There were the Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Villiges who were raided and left to die. There was also Colonel Ronald S. Mackenzie and his troops who set fire to the villages and raided them. The Kawahadies were the last to surrender. Quanah Parker represented the Native Americans.