Lt. Bain and Eldridge received high praise in the After Action Report submitted by Captain Jones to Col. Gilpin. He forwarded the report on to the US Congress for review and is now found in the library of Congress. House Ex. Document No. 1, 30th Congress, 2nd session, Vol. 1 (Serial 537) pgs. 149-151.
Gilpin was given a difficult task. To protect the Santa Fe Trail required that his command be dispersed. The Battalion had been rushed into service, hastily deployed, distributed along the trail and suffered from lack of discipline. At some point frontier common sense overrode military structure. Toward the end of the deployment when a mounted Company was sent out on patrol they were reinforced with troopers from other Companies under Gilpinís command. I believe that the officers were handpicked to lead these detached patrols. Gilpin would have wanted his best men in command during action.
The Second Battle of Cimarron River left a number of unanswered questions. First which tribe was involved? Jones reported Pawnee, but I find it unlikely that Pawnee to be in so far into Comanche territory. Secondly the Plains Tribes traveled by horse yet there was no mention of horses by Jones. There must have been others nearby but why didnít the join the battle?
I see that Oliver Bain/Bayne is buried in Perkins Oklahoma. I went to college at Oklahoma State in Stillwater and have been to Perkins many times.
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