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And the Shelby County War.
Yielding to the solicitations of many old friends and participants in the
exciting scenes of the early history Republic of Texas, and desirous to correct
the errors which have arisen in regard to the causes of the "Shelby County
War," and to place before the public in a fair and impartial light the action of the
two parties engaged in the difficulties in Shelby and other counties in Eastern
Texas in 1841 and 1842, I have undertaken this work. I was a resident at that time
of Shelby county and a witness to and sufferer in many of the bloody conflicts
of that stormy period. Many histories have been written of the time mentioned,
but either facts have been suppressed or such a coloring has been given them
as to do injustice to one or the other of the parties engaged. The only exactly,
fair and true narrative, that to my knowledge was ever written, was by Colonel
Mormon, and this was destroyed or lost, and in consequence of his death it
could not be reproduced. The loss of his work has been long deplored by
those who felt a deep interest in transmitting to their posterity the true history
of that period and shielding their names from the obloquy in which it has been
sought to clothe them. Many years have passed since the occurrence of the
events I am about to relate, but they survive fresh and green in my memory.
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 January 30, 2015.