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Re: Battle at Middle Boggy
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I'm trying to figure the best way to get this illustrated but in brief yes the Dragoon Trail from Fort Holmes at the mouth of Little river crossed the Canadian and heads essentially south, crossing the Middle Boggy at its headwaters at the base of the Shawnee Hills. When comparing the maps from the OR atlas, the series of maps from Library of Congress and the BLM survey there appears to be two distinct trails through the Shawnee Hills illustrated. One which is drawn that general hooks around the west end of the hills and a second more direct route through the hills. This is a good ways west of the Texas Road which has a much more eastward passage roughly following Route 1 throught he Shawnee Hills. I think the orignal crossing is actually is the crossing near Steedman I previously posted, near what is frequently labeled Cochran's Academy. From Cochrans Academy there appears on several maps a trail that runs east west labeled on at least one map as the Old Fort Arbuckle Trail. It does not recross Middle Boggy but runs between the headwaters of the Middle Boggy and the Headwaters of Clear Boggy and appears to parallel the Canadian once it crosses (Canadian) Sandy Creek. I think its the orignal survey track from the 1838 expedition or close. This trail is not the Texas Road but branches from it after the Texas Road crosses the Middle Boggy. This trail then crosses/junctions with the afore mentioned Dragoon Trail(s) just south of the Middle Boggy crossings. It appears to me to be close to current route 1 out of Ada. These 3 locations all are pretty close to one another (within 7 miles) and all 3 match the distances to Cochran's about 21 miles or so. All three locations would hold strategic early warning importance with the "west" Dragoon Trail and the Texas Road Old Fort Arbuckle Trail junction being the more important two. I had to plot the location of Old Fort Arbuckle (Arbuckle Camp) before I understood how much further south New Fort Arbuckle was from it. Its a good bit south and not just around the corner or across the field. Maxell 1889 map shows these routes but the geographical alignments on the map are all out of whack with reality when plotted against NEDS. Stonewall is too far north, hills are not in right proportion and Katy railroad and route is too far east. The BLM Plat maps actually are spatially much more correct particularly the 1891-98 plats. Problem is matching names to trails, but waterways and major crossings seem congruent to the Maxwell map of 89. To put it in modern perspective how directionally skewed the OR atlas map and most of the others til 1902 are, if you look at the 89 Maxwell map you would guess that Stonewall on the map is near where Ada is today but we know Stonewall/Frisco/Cochran's Cemetery is 7- 8 miles south of Ada. Middle Boggy Creek runs nearly due east from its headwaters near Ada along the Shawnee Hills for almost 10 miles before hooking south. You'd never understand that looking at the pre 1902 atlas maps. I like the Maxwell map because it has lots of historical labels with other modern still currnet features such railroads and rail towns on it. Cherokee Town, North Fork Hillabee, Stonewall, Cochran's Academy, Texas Cattle Trail Cochran's Mill etc.

John R.

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