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10. Collar calls this battle site Fossa Quattuor Hominum in Latin. I am following Cocke's Caesar in Broadcloth and most other English sources in calling it "Four Man Ditch" -- the origin of the name is obscure. Sobel seems to have gotton the misspelled Spanish Arroyo de Quatros Hombres from an original 1821 survey map drawn by the orthographically challenged Captain Zachary Taylor, AUSM. Both sides in the Rocky Mountain War were often plagued by inadequate cartography, see for example The Rocky Mountain Horror Show. (DAMB)

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