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ment and left May 12. These men likewise left, and Hall went back to
Rapides, La., his home. Soon after he returned with some fresh recruits
to fipd out if Long had returned to Bolivar. Long failed in New Orleans,
because the United States, at the instigation of Spain, ordered his arrest.
He went into hiding. Before this, however, he had interested Colonel
Christy and General Ripley, both of whom were ready to assist clandestinely.
John Austin, R. Milam and Gen. F. Trespalacios also were willing
to join. Not finding Long, Hall had started back on his way to Louisiana,
when he met him returning with a party at High Island. Long explained
the failure of his mission in New Orleans, and employed Hall to take his
place. Hall went in July, contracted yellow fever, and only returned in
November, bringing Mrs. Long with him from Alexandria. He also secured
a small schooner and Colonel Mordellio, General Trespalacios and a party
of men. Young Mordellio was Trespalacios's nephew, and soon after his
arrival at Galveston was executed by order of General Long for treason.
In the previous month of May, Lafitte had evacuated Galveston, and Long
had repaired L'Allemande's fort and occupied the same, also keeping up 'his
fort at Bolivar. Hall quit Long's service after Mordellio's execution, not
liking this procedure.
The year 1821 brought Long trouble with his men. They were impatient
and had a difficulty with the Carancahuas. Long was forced by
his men to attack them on February 20, 1821, at the Three Trees, on the
high shell ridge, near the bay shore on Galveston Islan>. Many accounts
have been written of this battle,
mostly fictitious. /The battle has been
erroneously attributed to Lafitte, who with two cannons and two hundred
nen attacked the Indians. The locality where the battle took place was
surrounded by swamps and cannons could not have been used.
abe InOtan 3Battle.
Long's account, given in an early issue of DeBow, states that the fight
lasted fifteen minutes; that many Indians were killed; that Long lost one
killed and seven wounded, two of whom died; that Long had but thirty
nmen. It is hardly probable that Long gave out this account. Colonel Hall's
account said that Long had one hundred men, surprised the Indians, killing
thirty and taking one woman and child prisoner. Long had seven wounded.
Mrs. Long's account said the battle lasted a few minutes, the men firing
three volleys. Ten Indians were killed and many wounded. One woman
and her children were captured. Several were bitten by rattlesnakes in the
swamps. Long had but' three wounded. George Early received an arrow
which pierced his thigh; Dr. Long removed it, and Mrs. Long nursed the
wounded. (The arrow head that wounded George Early was presented by
Mrs. Long to the author's family, and is in the T'exas exhibit at the Rosenberg
Library.) General Long returned the wounded and captives to the
Indians and made peace with them. They never bothered his wife when
left alone at the fort in Bolivar during the winter of 1821-1822. 'Yoakum
says that Lafitte fought the tribe the year before. John Henry -'own
gave the old story of the Indians capturing a vessel loaded with wine, were
drunk and dancing, that Long attacked them with thirty men, killed thirty-
Dyer, Joseph O. The early history of Galveston, by Dr. J. O. Dyer. Galveston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24651/. Accessed March 5, 2015.