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In New Mexico, an audacious Navajo attack on the Fort Defiance livestock herd is driven off

"Protecting the Herd," Frederic Remington, circa 1907
10/17/1858
Several hundred Navajo Indians attacked the livestock of Fort Defiance, New Mexico grazing near the post.  The twenty-five man guard under the command of Sergeant Bernard W. Clark mounted a strong defense saving all the cattle and all the horses except three.  The attackers then scattered and a pursuit under Captain George McLane brought only a running fight in which two soldiers were killed and four wounded.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 "The Army and the Indians," New York Times, November 18, 1859, p. 3. 

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