The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 17
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Reminiscences of Capt. Jesse Burnam.
time. I ran up within forty yards of them, dismounted, and
attempted to fire on them; but they jumped about so that it was
impossible to get a true shot at them, still driving the horses before
them. I again mounted and pursued them.
By this time the Indians that had remained in the bottom joined
them, making twelve in number. Seeing my only resort was to
stampede the horses, I made a charge, yelling and shooting at the
same time. The Indians stopped and prepared for me, thinking I
would run through them, as the Mexicans always did. Attention
being drawn from the horses, they turned towards home, as I
expected. No sooner was this done than I charged in between
them and the Indians. They fired one gun and a number of
arrows, but none hit me. I succeeded in recapturing the horses,
eight in number.
In 1824, I was informed by Captain White, an old trader who
ran a small vessel, that there were Indians at the mouth of the
Colorado river. He lived at La Bahia, and had started from there,
and embarked at Port Lavaca in his little boat loaded with salt to
trade for corn. He steered up the Colorado to what is called the
Old Landing, two miles from the mouth. The Carankawaes were
camped there, and they requested him to stop on his return with
corn, as they wanted to trade with him. After landing he left a
Mexican and a little boy in charge of his boat. He went up Peach
Creek to the Kincheloe settlement in search of corn. There he told
of the Indians' being at the mouth of the river. These Indians
were hostile to the whites. The settlers sent a runner to me, sixty
miles above. I received the news as I was on my way to the field to
plow. Taking my harness off and putting my saddle on, I was
ready in about a half hour. Having but two neighbors near me I
left them, and went to Judge Cummings', fifteen miles below on
my route. From this settlement I took half the men, which was
seven, leaving the others to watch the Wacoes. I always left half
the men at home for protection. I then went to the Kincheloe set-
tlement, and took five from there, which made my number twelve,
White in the meantime had exchanged his salt for corn, the corn
to be delivered and the salt to be received at the boat. So we
started on our march with a sack of corn apiece on our horses,
having sixty miles to go. We camped after leaving Kincheloe's
at Jenning's camp, where Captain Rawls joined me with twelve
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