The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 35
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
We pursued the thieves to the head of Cummin's creek-about
forty miles, where we lost the trail and returned home by the way
of the fort on the Colorado. (This fort was on the east side of the
river some twelve or fourteen miles below the present 'town of La
G-range. It was a block house enclosed with palisades. All the
families of the neighborhood were then within the fort.)
In the month of July of 'this year, Col. Austin, in consequence
of the continual depredations of the Carancawas determined to lead
an expedition against them. This expedition, between forty and
fifty strong, started from San Felipe, where my father, brother B.
and myself joined it. When we got near the Colorado, Austin sent
a detachment through the head of Bay Prairie to look for the In-
dians. With the remainder of the company he crossed the river
a short distance below Eagle Lake and proceeded down the west
side to Jennings's camp where he was joined by the portion of the
command which had been detached. Thence the expedition pro-
ceeded to the Lavaca below the mouth of the Navidad. Most of our
route was through a prairie country without road or path. Border-
ing many of the creeks which we crossed were very dense thickets.
Austin detailed pioneers to open roads through such places.
After arriving at the Lavaca without finding any Indians or
recent traces of them, Austin came to the conclusion that they had
gone to the San Antonio river; but as our provisions were nearly
exhausted, he determined to return to San Felipe get an ample sup-
ply of provisions, increase his force, and march direct to La Bahia.
Accordingly, we returned home, and after a few days, occupied
in making the necessary preparations, we set out a second time
from San Felipe. Nearly every man who was in the first expedi-
tion was in the second also. But our force was now considerably
augmented. There were about ninety men-thirty of whom were
negroes-the slaves of Col. Jared E. Groce, mounted, armed and
commanded by him. This second expedition passed the Colorado
at the Atascocito crossing. We marched on the Atascacito road.
It was in the month of August and the weather was so oppressively
warm, that, in the great prairie between the Garcitas and the Guada-
lupe, one of our men fainted and fell from his horse. He was bled
and soon revived. That evening we arrived at the Guadalupe river
and encamped for the night, on its left bank, nearly a mile above the
present town of Victoria. At that time there was not a single habi-
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