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THIS ACCOUNT IS TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL, HAND-WRITTEN
memoirs of John Salmon "Rip" Ford in the Archives
of the University of Texas Library. Ford was a native
of South Carolina who grew up in Tennessee and rode to Texas
shortly after San Jacinto. From 1836 to 1883, he enjoyed a bril-
liant if erratic public career in Texas as a doctor, a legislator, a
newspaperman, a Texas Ranger, a Confederate cavalry colonel,
an educator, and a historian. In 1884, after resigning his position
as superintendent of the Deaf and Dumb Institute in Austin,
Ford moved to San Antonio to promote Texas history and to
write his memoirs. As he wrote, he developed an interest in
the ill-starred Snively Expedition of 1843 and decided to include
an account of it in his reminiscences, though he was not him-
self a survivor (he was practicing medicine in San Augustine
when it occurred). He read several secondary accounts, such
as that in Henderson Yoakum's History of Texas, which Yoakum
based in part on a diary kept by Steward A. Miller. Ford, though,
was not satisfied to paraphrase secondary accounts; he wanted
original material for his projected book. In the spring of 1886,
while testifying in the Greer County Case, Ford apparently talked
at length with Hugh F. Young about his part in the Snively
enterprise. Young not only had accompanied it, but also had
kept a journal and, along with four other members, had pub-
lished a statement about what had happened in the Northern
Standard of Clarksville. Young agreed to tell Ford the entire
story and to let him publish it as part of his memoirs. Accord-
ingly, sometime in November or December, 1886, the two men

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed May 3, 2015.