The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Notes and Documents

General Toledo while at the Sabine sent out a party of some fifty
Mexicans and twenty Americans, to treat with them or drive them
off. The party crossed the Trinity late in the evening and were joined
by a Cherokee Indian, who informed them, that, the Indians they
were after, were at the village, about five miles below them. Capt.
McFarland proposed to go [to] the village that night and he enquired
who would go. There were but fifteen-all Americans that responded
to the call. They hired the Indian, who said he knew the way, to
conduct them and started. After proceeding about one hour, the
Indian said, he had lost the road and they searched for it in vain, until
one or two o'clock, and then dismounted and laid down until morn-
ing; when they found themselves within about one mile from their
camp from whence they had started. But they mounted and pro-
ceeded [to] the village and found it deserted. The Indians had fled.
They pursued their trail taking the La Bahia road. On approaching
a stream of water skirted by thick chapparal they heard a bell and
had no doubt but it was on the horses of the party they were pursuing.
The Americans advanced into the chapparal and tied their horses
and proceeded to cross the creek. On ascending the bank, Capt. Mc-
Farland, who was in advance, raised his gun and fired. The others
mounted the bank, but could see only two or three Indians who were
jumping from tree to tree jesticulating [sic] and performing all kinds
of antics, when the Americans became satisfied, that this was not the
party they were persuing [sic]. On advancing up to them, they proved
to be two families of Cherokees. McFarland's ball had passed through
the hand of one of the men (He having it on his breast at the time,)
and fallen without penetrating the body. They were jerking beef and
the Americans having had no food since the night before did not
wait for the ceremony of an invitation, but fell in ranks round the
scaffold and devoured one half of their beef-leaving them in amaze-
ment not knowing what might come next. The Americans proceeded
on the trail, it turning off towards the river; and on the following day,
they came to their camp, where they found a boy on horse back watch-
ing the road. He sat still until the whole party came in view and then
applied the spurs to his horse and dashed off into the brush. The
Americans advanced and found the camp equipage and a number of
horses feeding near the camp, but no Indians. After remaining some
time, an Indian came in sight and caught a horse and mounted and
rode off. Two more came in shortly afterwards and did likewise; and
in about an hour the whole party arrived on horse back, painted as
black as Cloe. They came yelling at the top of their horses speed-
the Americans having advanced to the timber; the Indians rode up
and jumped from their horses with in fifty paces of them-taking the
protection of some trees capt. McFarland called out, not to shoot,
which the Indians seemed to understand.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed July 13, 2014.