The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 312
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cruelty committed by your men while acting by your orders, on
the innocent. You will keep a journal of your proceedings and
report the same to me on your return. Town of Austin, Augt. 22d.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, Co01. of Ma.
Should sickness or other circumstances prevent Cap. Kuykendall
from going to take the above command, the volunteers will meet at
Beason's on the Colorado and choose their commander. Said choice
will be endorsed on this order and also reported to me, and the
officer so chosen will take the above official order and be governed
by it the same as Cap. Kuykendall is ordered to do, for which pur-
pose he will send it to them by Miller.
S. F. AUSTIN, Col. of Ma.
The above order was received the evening of the same day it was
written, and in obedience thereto the ensuing morning, father,
accompanied by brother William and myself, started for the Colo-
rado, where we arrived the same evening and were joined by eight
men most of whom were old frontiersmen, to wit: Norman Woods,
John F. Berry,-Hazlitt, Elijah Ingram, John Williamson, Thomas
Thompson, Seaborn Jones, and . We now counted eleven
men, and father resolved to pursue the Indians without losing fur-
ther time to increase our force. We forded the Colorado at the
crossing of the Labahia road and had proceeded eight or nine miles
up the west side of the river, when, about noon, we discovered peo-
ple moving about an old cabin. As we knew that the inhabitants
of this neighborhood had, some time previously been driven from
their homes by the Indians, this circumstance excited some sur-
prise, and Hazlitt and another man were dispatched on foot towards
the cabin to ascertain the character of its visitors. The rest of us
sat in our saddles, concealed by a point of woods.
In order to approach near the house, Hazlitt and his companion
had to pass through a corn-field. They had not proceeded far in
the field when an Indian shot an arrow at Hazlitt and raising a
war whoop, fled towards the cabin. As he ran straight between two
rows of corn, Hazlitt shot him in the back. The instant we heard
the alarm we galloped forward and saw five Indians on foot, run-
ning up the river, evidently aiming to get to a thicket on its bank,
two or three hundred yards above the cabin. Spurring our horses to
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