The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 24
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act of falling from his horse. I ran up and caught him in my
arms, and called him twice by his name, but he did not speak. His
face was from me, so that I could not see whether he made an
attempt to do so. I laid him on the ground, and in less than five
minutes he was dead. I heard no words pass between Sergt. Bree-
den and Mr. Cunningham; had halted about ten minutes when
Sergt. B. rode up. He had his back toward us, about fifteen paces
distant, and I deem his death to have been purely accidental."
Battinger being called and duly sworn, testified as follows:
"Sergt. Beedin, Carter, Cunningham and myself were somewhat in
advance of the company. Carter and Cunningham dismounted.
I was perhaps sixty yards distant, and heard them speaking of
making a fire, but not Breedin. Heard Carter ask Cunningham if
his gun was loaded. I did not hear Cunningham reply or pass a
word with Sergt. Breedin. Immediately after I heard the explos-
ion I turned and saw Carter catch Breedin as he was falling from
his horse in his arms and laid him on the ground. I then ran
up and found him dead. I did not hear him speak a word."
Patrick D. Cunningham, being called, stated as follows: "I
was in advance of the company driving the pack-mules; stopped
with Carter to light a pipe. Carter asked me if my rifle was loaded.
I told him no; had forgotten at the time that it was loaded, but
since recollect that I fired it off last evening and loaded it again
this morning to shoot some game, but before I had primed it the
game flew, and I was ordered to assist in packing mules, laid down
my rifle and so forgot about its being loaded. Sergeant Breedin
rode up a few minutes before the rifle went off. I was holding it
in the hollow of my left arm, having just primed, snapped it for
the purpose of lighting a rag held by Mr. Carter, when it went off,
and I saw Sergt. Breedin falling from his horse. I never had an
angry word or dispute with Sergt. Breedin."
The foregoing is the evidence given before the jury at an inquest
held on the body of Sergeant R. HI. Breedin this day.
(Signed) JOHN CHENOWETH,
Jos. C. ELDRIDGE, Foreman.
We, the jury, find that Sergeant Robert Hamet Breedin, of the
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