The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 15
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Reminiscences of Capt. Jesse Burnam.
diseased, and he begged us to cut it off two months before we con-
sented. One day he sent for me. I went over, and he took hold
of my hand with both his and said, "Oh, have you come to take my
leg off ?" I said "Yes, I have come to do anything you want me to
do." "That is right," he said. "If I die I don't want to take it
with me." So Tom Williams, Kuykendall, Bostick, and I under-
took the job with a dull saw and shoe knife, the only tools we had.
I heated and bent a needle to take up the arteries with. I was to
have the management of it and hold the flesh back, Tom Williams
was to do the cutting of the flesh, Bostick to saw the bone, and
Kuykendall to do the sewing. I took his suspenders off and band-
aged the leg just above where we wanted to cut. I put a hair rope
over the bandage, put a stick in it, and twisted it just as long as
I could; then I was ready to begin operations. When Mr. Kuyken-
dall began to sew it he trembled, so I took the needle and finished
it. Parker rested easy for several days; but the third day he com-
plained of his heel hurting on the other leg, and the eleventh day
The first fight we had with the Indians was at Skull Creek. We
were commanded by Bob Kuykendall, who had eighteen men in the
fight. We killed fourteen Indians and wounded seven, who after-
wards went and complained to the general government. We lost
not a man. I killed one and wounded two.2
I served as lieutenant under Kuykendall, and after two or three
months took his place as captain.
The next fight with the Indians I had was in the recovery of
'I presume this to be the only surgical report on record for the early
days. It is certainly very unique.-J. L. S.
2I subjoin a short account of the Skull Creek fight, given me by Col. John
H. Moore.--J. L. S.
"A short time before the fight with the Carankawaes, three men came
over the raft from Matagorda, having their boat there in waiting to carry
their purchases up the river. Their names were Alley, Loy, and Clark.
They were attacked not far from the mouth of Skull creek. Alley and Loy
were killed, but Clark, having concealed himself in the cane brake, escaped.
The evening previous to the fight a man by the name of Robert Brother-
ton had been wounded in the back by the Indians, which was the immediate
cause of pursuit. A man by the name of Strickland and I went out as
scouts to find their whereabouts. My ear first caught a sound that was
rather unusual. 'Stop Strickland,' said I after listening, but he remarked
Here’s what’s next.
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