Comanche Chief Iron Jacket
Iron Jacket, also known as Puhihwikwasu’u, was a Comanche chief and medicine man who lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was a chieftain of the Noconi band of the Comanche tribe and was believed to have the power to blow bullets aside with his breath. Iron Jacket earned his name from wearing a Spanish coat of mail into battle, which made him nearly invulnerable to bullets.
Iron Jacket was a fierce warrior who led dozens of terrifying raids against settlers in Texas. He was one of the most important reasons why the Comanche were giving settlers such a troublesome time. The Texas Rangers tried to capture him alive on several occasions but never managed it. They were determined to kill him and finally put an end to his reign.
In 1858, Jim Pockmark and Tonkawa killed Iron Jacket using a buffalo gun after firing bullet after bullet at him. Iron Jacket’s death discouraged and demotivated Comanche warriors. However, Iron Jacket’s son Peta Nocona, together with his warriors, managed to continue fighting against settlers in Texas.
Iron Jacket’s grandson Quanah Parker became the last chief of the Comanche tribe.
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