The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 38
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38 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
The second day after we marched from the Little Brazos the rain
began to descend in torrents, rendering the ground extremely boggy
and thereby greatly impeding our march. The third night after
we left the Little Brazos was one of great discomfort. Our camp
ground was muddy and boggy and the night cloudy, dark and
drizzly. At a late hour one of the sentinels fired off his gun and
cried "Indians !" For some minutes our camp was a scene of con-
fusion beyond description. Many of our men had been unable to
keep their guns dry and now, in every direction, could be heard the
sharp and rapid clinking of metal, caused by their efforts to unscrew
the breech-pins of their rifles in order to extract the incombustible
powder. Our horses were also taken with a panic and threatened to
stampede. The men groped their way through the camp, endeav-
oring to find out the cause of the alarm. Finally, from various cir-
cumstances they arrived at the conclusion (subsequently fully ver-
ified) that it was a false alarm raised by order of our commander.
This expedient to put the men on the alert, however well intended,
was considered by them ill-timed and unnecessary and caused much
Next day, though the weather continued unpropitious the march
was resumed. When the expedition arrived within three or four
miles of the Tawacanie village it was halted at a creek (which was
swimming) and five or six men--amongst whom were uncle Robert
K. and myself, were sent forward to reconnoitre the village. We
found it deserted. The Waco village was on the west side of the
river a little further up. We could not reach it, as the river was
much swollen, but ascertained that it too was uninhabited.
Appearances indicated that the Tawacanie village had been
vacated about two weeks. The Indians were doubtless gone on a
buffalo hunt. Their patches of corn were in silk and tassel. There
was an abundance of beans of which we picked a mess or two but
destroyed nothing. When we returned and reported to Capt Buck-
ner, he immediately ordered the homeward march of the expedi-
tion. Until we reached our deposit of provisions our march was
rapid, for our three days' rations had been exhausted for as many
days. When we reached the Brazos at the San Antonio road, the
expedition was disbanded.
In the autumn of this year (1826) the Fredonian disturbances
commenced. In November or December, Austin sent my father,
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