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THE BATTLE OF BEAR VALLEY

aptain Frederick Ryder and 30 buffalo soldiers from Troop E of the 10th U.S. Cavalry pressed forward between the bramble and boulders, only to be met by withering fire from the Yaquis’ .30-30 Winchesters. As the battle began, men on both sides sought cover, moving from rock to rock. What made this engagement stand out was its late date—nine months after the United States entered World War I. While many historians regard the Dec. 29, 1890, clash at Wounded Knee in South Dakota as the last major battle of the Indian wars, other fights followed, including the Battle of Leech

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