During the engagement, Ben Clark, witnessed a Mexican captive of the Cheyennes named Palar (or White Bear) carry a little girl to the soldier. Delivering her over to a sergeant who told him to run, the man turned and started away, whereupon the sergeant shot him in the back, killing him.
1. Jerry Greene, Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867-1869, pg. 126.