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At Fort Fauntleroy, New Mexico troops massacre visiting Navajo families, killing twelve and injuring forty

"Protecting the Herd," Frederic Remington, circa 1907
09/22/1861
Navajo Indians gathered at Fort Fauntleroy in New Mexico for an issue of rations and friendly horseraces between the Navajo and the New Mexico Volunteers stationed there.  A convivial atmosphere was transformed with a disagreement over the final race of the day, the visitors expelled, and a Navajo man shot dead by a sentry.  In all, the troops killed twelve Navajo men, women, and children and wounded around forty more.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Keleher, Turmoil in New Mexico, 1846-1868 (Santa Fe, NM: Rydal Press, 1952), 298-299. 

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