After Texas seceded from the Union, the military forts that guarded the western settlers of the state were turned over to Confederate forces. As such, this put the Confederate troops stationed at these forts in direct contact with hostile Native American tribes. The Apaches that operated in area of the Davis Mountains, and Fort Davis, used various methods of slow-death torture on their victims. One of the favorites was to wrap the captured trooper in a horse hide with only the head sticking out. The victim was then suspended from a tree over a slow fire to be roasted alive. Many Confederate Cavalry troopers saved the last shot for themselves so as to avoid this very unpleasant end.