The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 16
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
16 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
some horses at what is now known as the John Holman plantation,
where I first settled on the Colorado. There were seven families
living above, who were compelled to move further down into the
settlements. They were stopping with me, and the horses belonged
principally to them. The Indians had been concealed in the bottom
waiting for an opportunity to steal horses. One morning at day-
light, three Indians were seen driving horses by a man living with
me. They were aiming for the head of the prairie on Williams's
Creek. He ran in and gave the alarm, before I was out of bed. I
had William, my oldest son, to saddle my horse, which I always
kept secure, while I got ready. My horse was very fast, and he was
the only one left. I mounted him, taking a pair of holster pistols
and a rifle. The Indians were in sight when I started, and they
were three-quarters of a mile from the house when I overtook them,
in plain view of my family and those who were camped there at the
that it was only the thumping of wild turkeys. 'No,' said I, 'it is the beat-
ing of bamboo root for bread.' Still Strickland adhered to his first opin-
ion; but when a child cried he believed me then.
"At once we returned to our company, which was commanded by Mr.
Kuykendall and numbered about twenty-two men. We made our way to
the bottom, got between the creek and the Indians, and surprised them,
driving them out into the prairie. Twenty-three were left dead, without
the loss of any of the whites. Clark heard the firing and afterwards,
wounded as he was, made his way to our camp. [Yoakum and John Henry
Brown both write the name Brotherton as given above; but the carefully
ascertained list of the Old Three Hundred as given by Professor Bughee,
QUARTERLY, I, 110 ff., contains the name Robert Brotherington, who was
no doubt the same person. The form given by Professor Bugbee must be
correct, since it was copied from the signature of the man himself.-EDITon
"The Carankawaes were a tribe of large, sluggish Indians, who fed mostly
on fish and alligators, and occasionally, by way of feast, on human
flesh. They went always without moccasins, striding through briars un-
harmed, making such tracks as would hardly be attributable to a human
being. Each man was required to have a bow the length of himself. The
fight was an entire surprise. We all felt it was an act of justice and of
self-preservation. We were too weak to furnish food for Carankawaes, and
had to be let alone to get bread for ourselves. Ungainly and repugnant,
their cannibalism being beyond question, they were obnoxious to the whites,
whose patience resisted with difficulty their frequent attacks upon the
scanty population of the colonies, and when it passed endurance they went
to their chastisement with alacrity.
"This was the first fight with the Indians in Austin's colony."
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902, periodical, 1902; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101021/m1/22/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.