I am now in the seventy-fifth year of time from my birth. Have been
an active citizen of Texas ever since 1837, and been a participant in many
of the graphic as well as the sanguinary incidents related in the following
pages. And I am impelled by a sense of justice and due regard to the
memory and the appreciation of my comrades, friends and associates-tried,
good and true of that time-"trying time"-to give to the public in my
declining years a true, faithful and impartial account of things that to my
own knowledge have so often been misrepresented. And I hereby give to
the future historian of the early history of Texas for his guidance the facts
contained in this narrative.
Middleton, John W. History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857. Fort Worth, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2362/. Accessed August 28, 2014.