On Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, Vanquisher of the Comanches
Sergeant H.H. McConnell wrote:
"He was a fighting man. He believed it was more important for the troops to scout the frontier and perform military duty than it was to build chicken coops for officers and interfere with the citizens of the country; and within two years after he took command, the occupation of the Indians was gone, the lives of the settlers were safe, and the early abandonment of numerous military stations possible, they being no longer needed."
----- Former Sergeant H.H. McConnell on the legacy of Colonel Ranald MacKenzie and his 4th Cavalry, assigned to Fort Richardson in 1871. MacKenzie went on to be appointed brigadier general and assigned to the Department of Texas (October 30, 1883). He bought a Texas ranch and was engaged to be married; however, he began to demonstrate odd behavior which was attributed to a fall from a wagon at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in which he injured his head. Showing signs of mental instability, he was retired from the Army on March 24, 1884 for "general paresis of the insane". He was escorted to New York City and placed in the Bloomingdale Asylum. In 1886 he was moved to New Brighton, Staten Island, where he died on January 19, 1889. He was buried in the military cemetery at West Point.
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