The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 119
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The Fight on the Frio, July 4, z865. 119
Captain English moved from Burleson's ranch with the follow-
ing men: Edward Burleson, Daniel Williams, B. Oden, Bud En-
glish, W. C. Daugherty, John Berry, William Bell, Frank Williams,
Alford Franks, George Daugherty - eleven in all. They took
the trail near Burleson's house. They had been gone about
one hour and a half. Captain English and John Berry were the
trailers, and they were proficients in that business. The Indians
had proceeded down the Frio river. About 3 o'clock in the even-
ing they came in sight of the Indians, going towards the sun in
order to baffle the sight of the white men. They were moving in
single file. The Texians counted eighteen horses. Believing this to
be the number of Indians, Captain English ordered a charge, which
was gallantly made. When the whites reached the Indians they
found every horse carrying double, and thirty-six Kickapoo In-
dians. The Texians came close to their enemies, dismounted, and
began fighting. The Indians formed a half-moon and charged. The
Texians were too brave to fall back, but fought with desperate cour-
age. The Indians recoiled, and the Texians charged them. In this
manner the contest continued for an hour and a half. Finally
Edward Burleson killed the chief and the horse he was riding,
which belonged to Miss English, now Mrs. Reuben Bell. The loss
of their chief dispirited the Kickapoos, and they withdrew. The
Texians moved off unmolested.
The loss of the whites were three killed-Daniel Williams, Dean
Oden, and Bud English. Captain English had just cautioned him
to keep moving, and give the Indians no chance to draw a long
sight on him. Immediately after the caution young English was a
corpse. He was a young man of much promise and undoubted
The wounded were: Captain English, Edward Burleson, W. C.
Daugherty, George Daugherty, William Bell. John Berry had two
arrows shot through his leather leggings into his horse. He was
unable to dismount until after the arrows were extracted. He was
a man who never declined to take part in a fight. At the end of
the battle there were only three Texians unwounded.
The next day Captain Williams of San Miguel came with ten or
twelve men. Our force amounted to twenty-one men, and we fol-
lowed the trail of the Indians. They had camped in a ravine in a
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