The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 37
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
the company was dissolved and the men returned home. Few of
those who composed this little company are now living. Every one,
save myself, whose name is recollected, has long since passed away,
viz., my father, Josiah H. Bell, Owen N. Stout, John Elam, James
Jones, and Brit. Bailey and his two sons, Smith and Gaines. The
latter was killed by the Cokes a short time afterwards.
The total distance traveled by my father and myself (going and
coming[)] on these various expeditions during the two months of
July and August, was upwards of eight hundred miles.
This fall the Wacoes again visited our neighborhood and stole
all, or nearly all, the horses of Mr. John Cummings. We followed
the thieves as far as the Yegua-about fifty miles--where we lost
their trail in consequence of the great number of wild horses and
buffalo which 'then ranged through that section of country.
In the spring of 1826, Austin resolved to make a campaign
against the Wacoes and Tawacanies, whose depredations had become
frequent. The various companies and squads which were to com-
pose the expedition, started for the place of rendezvous (the cross-
ing of the Brazos at San Antonio road) about the 15th of May.
My father and myself started on the 17th of May. Most of the
men from the Brazos crossed that river at the Labahia road and
proceeded up the river to the San Antonio road. A company from
the Colorado crossed at the San Antonio road. As they were ford-
ing the river the horse of Thomas Alley of this company fell and
threw his rider into the river. Alley rose and waded a short dis-
tance but was finally washed down stream by the rapid current
and sank. It was supposed that he was hurt by the fall from his
horse. The body was found and interred a day or two afterwards.
We remained two days on the east side of the river. The few set-
tlers thereabout were forted, in a log house inclosed with pickets.
Our entire force was about one hundred and ninety men-the
command of which was assigned by Austin to Captain Aylett C.
Buckner. Horatio Chriesman, Bartlet Sims, William Hall and
Ross Alley were captains of companies.
The first day's march of 'the expedition from the place of ren-
dezvous was to the Little Brazos a distance of fifteen miles. Here
we were ordered to leave all our provisions, save rations for three
days, as a forced march was intended against the Waco and Tawa-
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