|George Catlin, 1834: Comanche Feats of Horsemanship|
Cries for protection grew with the westward expansion of white settlements into the plains. U. S. troops were sent to man a string of forts that were built throughout the area. This protection was primarily defensive. The newly formed state of Texas, particularly effected by Indian raids, had organized their own state troops to protect its citizens. These troops were willing to go on the offensive against the Indian raids. They would ride well into the Comancheria to attack - they were The Texas Rangers. The U.S. Army commander at Texas' Fort Belknap later got permission to do the same. This was a clear shift in military strategy. He sent Major Earl Van Dorn with four Companies of the 2nd Cavalry to pursue the Comanches into their territory north of the Red River. In 1858 the troops went north and established a camp along Otter Creek near a part of the highway between the present day Mountain Park and Snyder communities in Oklahoma. They named their base for this offensive Camp Radziminski after a fallen member of their Cavalry.
|Camp Radziminski Marker (from blogoklahoma.us)|
There were never any permanent structures built at Camp Radziminski. It was to be used as an outpost to launch raids into Indian Territory. The site was abandoned by the Army just a little over a year later. Today there are only a few piles of stones left at the site of the encampment - stones and a lone highway marker.