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Deer Creek Expedition
Scouting expedition up Deer Creek.
Date(s): Nov 2-3, 2013 (1863). Album by 2nd cal cav member. 1 - 43 of 43 Total. 1751 Visits.
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Cav mount
Cody, geared up and ready to go.

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Pvt. Hennison
Getting gear sorted out for a long patrol

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Cpl. & 1st Sgt.
Headed into the sunlight near Deer Creek.

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Rocky hillside
A common theme here

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Zuni
Picking his way through the creekbed

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Made it
Unscathed

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
Points out something along the canyon walls that the scouts (ahead, right) may not have noticed

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Pvt. Hennison
Above Deer Creek.

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Patrol
The men and mounts of the 2nd CCV Co. F follow a rock fence into the foothills on a scout.

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Above Deer Creek
1st Sgt. Baldwin (foreground) and Cpl. Whiting (guidon.

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Pvt. Wilson
And mount Domingo above Deer Creek.

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Deer Creek Canyon

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Advance scout
Pvt. Hennison scans the canyon for trouble.

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Working our way up
The balance of the patrol climbing the hill through the rocks.

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The top of one hill...
...The beginning of the next canyon.

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Why, yes
That is our direction of travel.

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Hostile landscape.

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From original post return:
"Left Camp Bidwell Feb 23rd ’64 with ten men in pursuit of a small band of Indians, who had been committing depredations in Butte Co.  Followed them across Rock, Deer and Dry Creeks to Mill Creek Tehema County Cal. being unable to overtake them.  The country was very rough and mountainous almost impassible. The men becoming foot sore & having taken but five days rations returned to Camp Bidwell Feb 28th ‘64"

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Taking advantage
The high ground, on a mostly cleared wagon trail.

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Awaiting the scouts return
With Deer Creek canyon in background

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Pvt. Ashley Lyman
And mount Palo survey the valley below.

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Loss of livestock
Possible depredation?
Pvt. Lyman investigates.


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Troopers spread out
Searching for water and a way into what turns out to be a dry canyon.

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Downhill
Pvt. Shannon follows Pvts Wilson and Lyman into the creekbed

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Heading down
Back into the valley

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Troopers onpatrol
L-R:
Pvt. Wilson, Pvt. Lyman, 1st Sgt. Baldwin, Cpl. Whiting, Pvt. Hennison (foreground)


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Pvt. Shannon
Looking out over the Sacramento Valley.

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Back into Deer Creek canyon

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Morning campfire
1st Sgt. Baldwin, Cpl. Whiting and Pvt. Lyman discuss the upcoming days patrol.

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They slept where they fell
Tents used as ground covers.

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Morning
Greeting the sunrise after a cool, windy night.

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Cups & Muckets
Coffee and gruel (oatmeal) on the coals.

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1st Sgts. coffee..
Don't mess with it.

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Riverbed Camp
"Tentline" with picket line beyond.

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Spotting a Hostile...
And pointing him out in the bushes.

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Pvt. Patrick Shannon
Takes a break from the backside of the Brady device to have his image captured with the Co. colors.

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Pvt. Shannon

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Pvt. Wilson & Cpl Whiting
Pose with the colors

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Scouting the riverbottom

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What is THAT?!

 
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