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Dimensions3872 x 2592
Original file size3.52 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken31-Dec-08 09:28
Date modified31-Dec-08 09:28
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length32 mm
Focal length (35mm)48 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.8
Exposure1/60 at f/5
FlashFired, auto mode, return light detected
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 220
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Digital zoom1x
Hood's Devil's River Fight

Hood's Devil's River Fight

Comstock
Val Verde County, Texas
30 10.605' N 101 05.510' W

Text: The men of Company G, a small unit of the U. S. 2nd cavalry, left Fort Mason on July 5, 1857, under the command of Lt. John Bell Hood (1831-1879), in pursuit of Comanche Indians in the vicinity. Traveling northwest, they discovered a fresh Indian trail leading southward toward Mexico. Crossing bluffs near the Devil's River on July 20, the men encountered an Indian camp on a ridge about two miles from the steam, marked by a white flag. Suspecting an ambush, Hood proceeded cautiously toward the ridge. A small band of Indians advanced to meet Hood's party. Then, throwing down the flag to signal their concealed allies, the Indians attacked. Outnumbered, and hampered by brush fires set by Indian women, the soldiers were forced into fierce hand-to-hand combat. They heard the loud cries of Comanche women through the smoke and dust, indicating an Indian retreat. Two cavalrymen, William Barry and Thomas Ryan, were killed, and five others, including Hood, were wounded. Later reports revealed that nineteen Indians were killed, and many more wounded. Hood and his men were later cited for valor in army reports.