The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 268
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268 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Concho, we met five men from San Saba, John Murray, Dr. Mc-
Bunnells, and three others whose names I have forgotten. They
had heard of our expedition, and had come there to meet us. We
had some parleying and discussion before we would agree to let
them join us, but, as they were good men and had come so far for
that purpose, we consented to take them with us. Besides they
had more buffalo meat already cured than we could very well
carry. We remained in camp on the Concho two days. We
packed our mules with nice, well-cured buffalo meat, and one
morning as the sun arose we set out for the head of the Concho
only ten miles beyond.
After leaving the camp about a mile, we discovered a party of
Indians behind us chasing Tom Holly, one of our men, who had
left his gun at camp. He was a quarter of a mile behind when he
discovered a couple of the red devils trying to cut him off from us.
The alarm was given, and our party now saw that a fight was in-
evitable. Colonel Dalrymple cried out: "Boys, now we have got to
hold our packs and fight-fight for our lives, for just look, they
are coming from every direction !" On our right there was a band
that appeared to number as many as a hundred, and before us there
were equally as many. They had planned the attack, no doubt,
while we were in camp at the mouth of Kiowa creek. They would
have been successful in their plan if Tom Holly had not made the
trip back to the camp, for had we proceeded a mile fuurther we
would have been at least two miles out on a level, open flat, where
there were no natural fortifications whatever. As it was, we had to
retreat only about half a mile to the banks of the main Concho,
where we found a small ravine which we barricaded, and there we
stopped with our little band. When we were first attacked Colonel
Dalrymple ordered ten of the men to hold the pack animals, and
five others to charge through the Indians who were between us and
the Concho. He himself lead the charge with Bud Robinson, Tom
Jones, and myself. We made the opening for the packs, but Col-
onel Dalrymple was wounded through the arm, carrying a lance
away with him. His family still hold it as a relic of the event.
My horse was killed in the charge. IFe was shot through with an
arrow, but held out until we reached a little ravine on the bank of
the Concho. Our pack mules were all killed while on the retreat,
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/275/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.