118 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
FIGHT ON THE FRIO, JULY 4, 1865.
JOHN S. FORD.
Many of the men who were ever ready to meet the Indians in
deadly conflict are now gathered to their fathers. Some of them
yet live. Among these is Leroy W. Trimble. He lived in Karnes
county, at the ranch of his father. The elder Trimble bought
cattle on the Leona river, about sixty miles from San Antonio.
Late in June, 1865, Leroy Trimble, Daniel Williams and his
cousin L. P. Williams and brother J. H. Williams, William Eng-
lish, and Sam W. Trimble left San Antonio to visit Leona river.
They stopped on Leona river, at the ranch of Capt. Levi English.
They contemplated going to the ranch of Edward Burleson on the
fourth of July, to have a dance. This Burleson was a nephew of
the elder General Burleson. The young men were gathering horses
for the ladies to ride, when a runner came in and spread the news
that Indians had crossed from Mexico and had attacked Burleson,
but he had escaped. They got his hat and a horse staked about
forty yards from his house.
This report changed the program. Everything possible was done
to meet the savages. Capt. Levi English assumed the leader-
ship. He gathered all the men he could. Many of them could not
procure horses. They were left to protect the women and children,
at different houses. At the instance of Captain English, Leroy
Trimble and brother remained at his house.
About an hour after the departure of English the horses came
to the house running. A gate was opened and they entered a lot.
An Indian came within speaking distance, and ordered that the
horses be turned out of the lot. Leroy Trimble yelled back to
the Indians: "If you wish the horses to be turned out, come and
turn them out yourselves."
His brother had a gun without a hammer. He carried a small
hammer in his hand to discharge the gun by striking the cap. He
was anxious to fire, but was induced not to do so. There were
seven Indians in sight, and the danger was a charge upon the house,
and a certain destruction of thirty women and children.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/. Accessed April 28, 2015.