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Secretary of War Floyd orders operations against the Navajo

"Protecting the Herd," Frederic Remington, circa 1907
07/09/1860
Secretary of War John B. Floyd ordered the Department of New Mexico to commence operations against the Navajo Indians as soon as possible.  The Navajo had attacked Fort Defiance in strength in late April, 1860 but had been driven off.  The offensive began in November, 1860 with 600 men under Colonel Edward Canby.  After a fruitless month of hit, run, and chase in drought stricken New Mexico the operation was called off.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Robert Marshall Utley, Frontiersmen in Blue: the United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1967), 170-171. 

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