A series of decimating disasters overtakes Colonel Cobb and his ambition to annex Sante Fe as dust storms, prairie fires, Indians, the Mexican army, and his own bad judgment and megalomania takes a toll of attrition on his expeditionary force. Written by
Did You Know?
Cobb refers to the area as the "staked plains". This is a reference to the expedition of Francisco Coronado in 1541. Faced with an endless sea of grass and concerns about finding their way back, Coronado had his men plant a series of tall wooden stakes in the ground. In the decades that followed travelers would see the remnant of these stakes, which gave the region the name "Llano Estacado", or staked plains. See more
All the women except Mattie had left but when the Indians run through camp chasing the buffalo a woman can be heard screaming in a tent. When Shad shoots the buffalo Mattie can be seen with him, not in a tent. See more
We still have that flag?
What do we need a flag for?
Well, we brought the damn rag. Why not use it? It might impress them.