The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 18
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men. He had gone to. the assistance of Captain Jones on the
Brazos. On his return to Kincheloe's settlement he heard that I
had left there with only twelve men. He never unsaddled, but
came on and overtook me at the place mentioned.
Next morning I started, expecting to go to where White had
landed that night. Knowing I would be seen in the daylight, I
waited in the postoaks until dark, then marched on, traveling
twenty miles to reach the landing. We were very sleepy and tired,
after traveling one, hundred and twenty miles.
White was to inform the Indians of his return by making a
camp-fire, a signal used by them. He gave the signal just at day-
light. I left twelve of my men at the boat, for fear the Indians
might come in a different direction, while I took the other half
and went afoot down the river, to the Indians' landing place, about
a hundred yards below where White had landed to wait for them.
About half an hour by sun the Indians came rowing up the
river, very slowly and cautiously as though they expected some
danger. The river banks were low, but with sufficient brush to
Just as they were landing, I fired on them, which was intended
as a signal for my men to fire. My signal shot killed one Indian,
and in less than five minutes we had killed eight. The other two
swam off with the canoe, which they kept between them and us;
but finally one of them received a mortal wound from one of my
men named Eray,1 who took rest on my shoulder while I took hold
of a bush to steady myself, and as one of the Indians raised his
head to guide the canoe he received the shot. I returned home
without the loss of a man.
White wanted to go down the river, so I sent some of my men
with him for fear he would be molested by the remainder of the
Indians. Three men went with him until they thought him out
of danger, and then came back. He was taken after they left him,
but through the entreaties of the Mexicans who were with him, he
was turned loose.2
'This name follows the copy in the handwriting of Mrs. Sinks. Perhaps
it should be Gray. There was a Gray, but no "Eray" in the Old Three
"See Yoakum's History of Texas, I, 225-6, for an account of this affair
which gives it clearer justification.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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