The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 59
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A Chapter in the History of Young Territory.
who had just completed his college course and returned to the
state. Receiving the commission from the governor, he enrolled
sixty men as rangers and established his camp at Fort Belknap,
in the old Brazos Agency.
About this time some outrages were committed in Palo Pinto
and Jack counties, contiguous to the country in which Ross's camp,
was located, and he determined to chastise the daring savages.
Leaving twenty men to guard his post, he supplied their places in
-his command with twenty picked cavalrymen of the 2nd Regiment
of the United States army, then stationed at Camp Cooper, in the,
old Comanche Reserve, under Capt. N. G. Evans.
He led his company into the "Indian country," as the district
north of the Clear Fork was then called, and on December 9, 1860,.
he came on a large Comanche village at the head of Pease River..
In the course of the fight that followed the attack on the vallage,.
Captain Ross, who was accompanied by Lieut. Thomas Kelleheir,
saw a party of three Indians, two of them upon one horse, and the-
other mounted alone. He followed the two that were mounted
double, and Lieutenant Kelleheir followed the third. Captain
Ross shot and killed the Indian that was riding behind, and this:
one, in falling, dragged the other from the horse. The survivor-
let fly a number of arrows at his pursuer, but by and by a shot.
from Captain Ross's revolver struck his elbow and disabled him..
Ross demanded his surrender, but he refused; and, shortly after-
wards, as he was singing his death song, a young Mexican killed
him. He proved to be a noted chief, Peta Nocona, whom Ross had
known well in former days.
When Captain Ross returned to Lieutenant Kelleheir, he found'
him cursing his luck because the Indian whom he had followed
and captured was a squaw; but Ross called his attention to her
blue eyes and told him she was at least no Indian squaw.
And she did indeed turn out to be a white woman. When the
gallant young ranger, Capt. Ross, returned to Camp Cooper from
his expedition against the Comanches with a female captive who
showed her white blood, even though bronzed with exposure and
having the habits of an Indian, the news was published extensively
among the settlements. Among those who journeyed to this
frontier post to examine the captive in hopes of finding a lost
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