The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 46
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46 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
war against his judgment, and his courage in battle, and, wishing
to save his life, ran towards him, and, as I approached him from
one direction, my captain, Robert Smith, approached him from an-
other, with his pistol drawn. As we got to him, I said, "Captain,
don't shoot him," but as I spoke he fired, shooting the chief in the
head, which caused instant death. It ought to be said for Captain
Smith that he had known of the many murders and thefts by the
Indians, and possibly did, in the heat of battle, what, under other
circumstances, he would not have done, for he was esteemed as a
most worthy man and citizen.
The families of the Indians were camped in the Neches bottom,
in thick woods. After the battle, our command camped at the
edge of the bottom very near the Indians, but made no attack on
them. That night we could hear the hum and bustle of their camp-
the greater part of the night, and the next morning they were gone
in the direction of the Grand Saline, in what is now Van Zandt
county; and while our troops followed them to the Grand Saline,
they did not overtake them.
Colonel Landrum, it was said, was misled by his guide and did
not reach the balance of the command until after the battles. The,
Indians dispersed, some going to the cross timbers, some to the
north of Red river, and some to Mexico. A year or more later-I
do not remember the precise date-the wives and some of the chil-
dren of Chief Bowles came to the Rio Grande at Laredo, and
asked permission to pass through Texas on the way to the Chero-
kees north of Red river, and President Lamar granted their re-
quest, furnished them an escort, and transportation and rations, on
their way through Texas. I saw them on the San Antonio road
east of the Neches.
Whatever apology may be necessary for the imperfections of this
paper may be found in the fact that it has been very hurriedly pre-
pared, under a constant pressure of very exacting official duties,
without time for careful revision.
In order to avoid egotism, I omit the mention of a number of in-
cidents, which might be of interest as personal reminiscences.
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