The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 210
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210 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
by himself. I immediately sent word to the Captain to surround
the timber while we pursued them. We were soon in the chase
and bold was the riding in pursuit. There was Dr. A. F. Axsom,
so distinguished afterwards as President of Board of Health, in
New Orleans, Col. Kerr Purser, of Texas Navy, afterward Episcopal
minister at Baltimore. Hard by was Dallam, author .of Digest of
Texas Statutes-now authority-and author of novel, "The Texas
Star." Two miles .away was our noble ex-President Mirabeau B.
Lamar, and the "Hero of Shiloh," Sydney Johnston, in camp, on
this lovely Texas day, and not far from Fanning's battle ground
where he and his were afterwards massacred. The pursuit was far
more exciting than the conflict 'which ensued. 'The Comanches
scattered, .and our men yelled vociferously, ardently pursuing the
fleeing. It was impossible for them to escape. After 'clearing the
timber they banked their baggage and formed a line to receive us,
while a [n] * * * old Chief ran up and down the line playing
a flute. They had evidently counted our number and had intended
to give us fair battle. I gave orders for my men to forward, and
were then in the prairie moving in eschelon, watching and awaiting
events. It was my intention after passing them to take them in
flank, for I knew that they could not leave their baggage. Firing
commenced when a gay Indian, in beautiful costume, * * * upon
a horse handsomely caparisoned, presented too fair a picture to resist
a shot. He dropped from the horse, which was -one they had cap-
tured the day before, and retired into the woods, after which the
Indians all took to the woods for the purpose, as I then thought, of
taking to the trees. We fastened our horses and pursued them to
give them fight in regular Indian style. They never rallied, but ran
leaving guns, shields and Chieftain's feathers, all no great trophy.
We recovered the children prisoners, a little boy, lanced or shot
through the side, and a pretty curly haired girl. 'The case of the
healing of the wound of that little boy, Wm. Gilleland, was pub-
lished in the Medical Journal by Dr. A. F. Axsom, of New Orleans,
.and the little girl is now one of the handsomest women in Texas,
and a veritable queen of society.
A. B. HANNUiM, Lieut.
'Dr. Anthony B. Hannum, the author of the above article, was
appointed assistant surgeon of the post at Galveston, November 28,
1836, and for many years has been a most popular and successful
physician. He was a lieutenant at the time of my rescue in 1840,
and has been a true and devoted friend all these years. He is an
aristocratic gentleman of the old school, beloved and honored by all
who know him.
My parents, Johnstone and Mary Barbour Gilleland, were living
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