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Batrinque at aol.com
Wed Jan 18 20:31:35 CST 2012
In a message dated 1/18/2012 8:20:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
CWMHTours at aol.com writes:
I visited LBH in 1984 and the fire predated my visit I believe.
While fire was destructive they apparently were very happy at all the
artifacts they found.
A real big thing was that near Last Stand Ridge there was a large coullee
down the slope Many soldiers tried to use it for refuge and escape.
NPS always wanted to do an archeological survey as to what was down there
but I guess the place was full of heavy brush, boulders,, and most
importantly, rattle snakes. I guess the place was thick with them. I
ranger saying that they were terrified of it.
But with the fire the snakes were cleared out and suddenly this treasure
of artifacts was exposed.
Deep Ravine, it is called. No boulders, but I bet there were rattlesnakes
there. (The last time I was at the LBH, I saw a nice little rattler right
on Last Stand Hill.)
One thing interesting was the jaw bone of Mitch Boyer(? I think). I know
his name was Mitch and was a trusted scout. It was only a portion of the
jaw but there was evidence of a heavy use of a pipe and the teeth showed
wear and tear. They apparently went into forensics and could match the
jaw with Mitch. One clue was at least one picture of him with a pipe
where the teeth were distorted.
Mitch Boyer, Indeed. Or Mitch Bouyer (there is no agreement on the
spelling). And more than part of a jaw bone -- enough of the facial bones to
permit a positive match with photos of Mitch. It was not found in Deep Ravine
itself, but at one of the markers in the line of "gravestones" that lead
down to Deep Ravine.
Another thimg very interesting was that many of the Indians had better
weapons than the cavalry. I guess they found rounds from Henry rifles.
Henrys and Winchesters -- whereas the troopers carried single-shot
Springfield carbines. Of course, some of the Indians had only older weapons or
bows and arrows.
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